June 11, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Apple Inc. unveiled a daring overhaul of its mobile operating system to kick off its annual developers conference, where it hopes to show critics that it has lost none of its innovative swagger. In addition to unveiling iOS 7, the company made a blizzard of other product and feature announcements that included upgrades to MacBook laptops and a new streaming radio service. As expected, there were no new iPhones or iPads, which are often announced separately. But the presentation seemed in spirit to also be a rebuttal to critics who contended that Apple had lost its innovative edge in the last year.
June 11, 2013 |
As Apple finally enters the on-demand music streaming market, established services are making double- and triple-digit gains in users, according to a study by Nielsen. In the last year, the fastest grower was Clear Channel's iHeartRadio, which more than doubled its users, Nielsen said. Spotify, which launched in the U.S. in 2011, had the second-fastest growth, with a 91% user increase since April 2012. RELATED: Apple aims to show critics it hasn't lost its innovative edge Slacker Radio's user base grew 84%, while Pandora's rose 71%. Clear Channel said in May that iHeartRadio has surpassed 30 million registered users, compared with Pandora's 200 million registered users and 70 million active users.
June 10, 2013 |
Apple introduced a new way for users to discover music Monday by unveiling iTunes Radio. The new feature will work on any device that runs iTunes, including PCs, and lets users create music stations based on songs and artists they like similar to how Pandora works. WWDC 2013: Follow our live coverage of Apple's keynote ITunes Radio will be available free to all users with ads and will cost $25 annually for those who don't want ads. The fee also gives users access to Apple's iTunes Match service.
June 7, 2013 |
Chief Executive Tim Cook likes to say Apple Inc. has an advantage over competitors because it does three things well: hardware, software and services. For much of the year, speculation about new hardware gets the lion's share of attention from obsessive Apple fans. But on Monday, software and services will be in the spotlight as Apple kicks off its weeklong Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco. On the software side, the company is expected to unveil iOS 7, a redesigned version of its mobile operating system.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 2013
Federal authorities who raided the Capitol office of state Sen. Ronald S. Calderon (D-Montebello) are investigating his "income stream," a law enforcement source familiar with the case told The Times. Calderon's knack for raising campaign cash and collecting gifts has attracted attention, often unwanted, since he arrived in Sacramento more than a decade ago. Now the Democratic state senator finds himself in the sights of federal investigators. Join Chris Megerian at 9 a.m. Thursday for a discussion about Calderon and the latest in the case.
June 6, 2013 |
Better late than never. Artists such as Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber and Eminem got a big boost in the eyes of the Recording Industry Assn. of America in May as the music business tracker began to count streams of songs online. The industry group said on Wednesday it made a record 153 gold and platinum certifications for digital singles in May. This comes after the RIAA announced early last month that it now includes streams of songs on services such as Spotify, MOG and Rdio, rather than just digital downloads of singles.
May 31, 2013 |
Want to hear an Antarctica-based folk music station in your car? How about a radio broadcaster that plays only Grateful Dead covers? TuneIn is trying to make that a possibility for more people. The Palo Alto company, founded in 2002, is taking on competitors such as Pandora Media Inc. and Sirius XM Radio Inc. in the automotive market by offering products that stream music, news, sports and talk radio stations in vehicles. The company's website and mobile apps aggregate and stream content from stations around the world and generate revenue from digital display ads and commercials that play before the stream begins.
May 15, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- Time Warner's TNT and TBS are joining the parade of networks offering a live linear feed of their channels online for viewers on the go. "Starting this summer, subscribers will be able to watch TBS and TNT live -- anytime, anywhere, on multiple devices," Steve Koonin, president of Turner Entertainment Networks, said at the Turner Broadcasting upfront presentation to advertisers. VIDEO: New fall TV shows Earlier this week, Walt Disney Co.'s ABC also said it would roll out a live stream of its channel this summer, and News Corp.'s Fox is said to have similar plans in the works.
April 23, 2013 |
Harry Shearer is wondering what went wrong. His Sunday morning satire program, "Le Show," is syndicated to about 100 public radio stations nationwide and is also available on shortwave radio, NPR Worldwide and as a podcast on iTunes. Yet the station where "Le Show" has originated for more than 29 years, KCRW-FM (89.9) of Santa Monica College, kicked him off the air last week. Instead, it will stream the program over the Internet. KCRW General Manager Jennifer Ferro cast the move partly as a simple matter of math: She's trying to make room for new voices while hanging on to some old ones by putting them online.
April 22, 2013 |
One of the challenges for local TV stations when it comes to putting their live feed online is making sure the signal doesn't travel beyond their home market. That's because the deals local TV stations make for much of the programming they carry come with restrictions on where that programming can appear. For example, a station carrying Ellen DeGeneres' show in Boston isn't allowed to put it on a platform on which someone in Philadelphia could watch it, undercutting the local Philly station that also has rights to the show.