- While Apple’s (NASD: AAPL) iTunes Store continues to dominate the digital music market,
Amazon’s (NASD: AMZN) MP3 store and RealNetworks’ (NASD: RNWK) Rhapsody made strides in terms of brand
awareness and user preference over the past year, according to a report from
market research firm Ipsos. Among users who were aware of more than one source
for digital music purchases, 57% preferred iTunes — an increase of 7% from a
year ago. Meanwhile, 9% favored Amazon MP3, which has only been around a [...].
Calif. – Recording artist Ben
Folds has partnered with Apple’s (NASD: AAPL) iTunes to record and digitally release songs
from performances on his upcoming tour, Billboard reports. "The Sounds of
Last Night… This Morning" will see one song from each of ten shows
recorded, and released the next morning for sale on iTunes. All of the songs
will come with original cover art created by Folds with Apple’s Photo Booth
program, while a compilation of all ten tracks will be available after the tour
Port Washington, N.Y. - Apple’s (NASD: AAPL) iPhone 3G was the
top-selling smartphone among U.S. consumers from June-August, commanding 24% market
share, and was second only to Motorola’s (NYSE: MOT) RAZR in overall mobile phone sales,
according to a report from market research firm NPD Group.
iPhone generated 11% market share from January-May. NPD also found that 30% of
iPhone 3G buyers switched from their existing carrier to AT&T (NYSE: T), the
exclusive iPhone carrier in the U.S.
Nearly half of these (47%) came from
- Apple (NASD: AAPL) has denied a report posted on CNN’s iReport citizen journalism site
that said its chief executive, Steve Jobs, had suffered "a major heart
attack" and was rushed to an emergency room, Reuters reported.
not true," Apple spokesman Steve Dowling told Reuters.
Before the story
was denied by Apple and removed from the iReport site by CNN, it had sent Apple
shares down more than 2%; shares later recovered, rising nearly 4%.
cancer survivor, has recently elicited some worry [...].
- The rate that digital retailers like Apple’s (NASD: AAPL) iTunes must pay songwriters and
music publishers will stay the same under a decision handed down Thursday by
the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB), which rejected the publishers’ petition for
a 66% rate hike. The decision to freeze royalty rates at 9 cents per song for
songwriters and music publishers comes as it was revealed this week by Fortune
magazine, that Apple said in a letter sent to the CRB last year it
might shutter its iTunes [...].
Calif. - Apple (NASD: AAPL) on Wednesday
announced it is dropping the non-disclosure agreement (NDA) it had been making
iPhone developers sign for released iPhone software. The move is expected to
improve and accelerate iPhone application development, as developers are able
to share their experiences with one another. "We put the NDA in place
because the iPhone OS includes many Apple inventions and innovations that we
would like to protect, so that others don’t steal our work… However, the NDA
has created too much of a burden [...].