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  • Google Music launches free version Tuesday, 23 Jun 2015 | 12:00 PM ET
    Chris Yerga, engineering director for Android at Google Inc., speaks during the Google I/O Annual Developers Conference in San Francisco, California, U.S.

    Google is launching a free, ad-supported version of its $9.99-a-month Google Play Music in the U.S. to rival Pandora, Spotify and Apple.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, June 23- Google Inc launched a free version of its music streaming service on Tuesday, as it sought to upstage the debut of Apple Inc's rival service next week. Google Play Music has offered a $9.99 per month subscription service for two years but Tuesday's launch is the first free version of the streaming service. Apple said earlier this month it...

  • Launching great, new products: Pandora co-founder Tuesday, 23 Jun 2015 | 11:45 AM ET
    Launching great, new products: Pandora co-founder

    CNBC's Kayla Tausche sits down with Tim Westergren, Pandora co-founder, for an exclusive interview.

  • Apple's decision to pay artists a win for indies, Swift Tuesday, 23 Jun 2015 | 11:25 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Independent record label founder Allen Kovac had planned to remove the music by his artists from iTunes a week ahead of the launch of Apple Music. That about-face came after Taylor Swift called for artists to be paid properly. "And when I talked to my artists about it, they agreed, and we informed Sony, our distributor, and Apple, that we weren't going to be in...

  • 2 industrys I never touch as an angel investor: Inside.com CEO

    Jason Calacanis, Inside.com CEO, discusses the music industry including Apple Music and why he stays away from music.

  • Apple Music artist payment still unclear Tuesday, 23 Jun 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Apple Music artist payment still unclear

    Apple vs. Taylor Swift. Where are the details? We're still waiting for specifics on how much Apple will pay musicians for songs played on its upcoming streaming music service.

  • Diddy arrested after fight at UCLA Tuesday, 23 Jun 2015 | 2:06 AM ET
    Sean "Diddy" Combs

    Hip-hop mogul released from jail after an alleged assault with a weight-room kettlebell at UCLA, where son is on the football team.

  • Apple's about-face reveals cracks in music industry Monday, 22 Jun 2015 | 6:50 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES— Apple's abrupt about-face on paying royalties for songs during a three-month free-trial period for its new music service was a symbolic victory for superstar Taylor Swift and other artists, and a shrewd business move by Apple, at a time when the streaming phenomenon is causing major changes in the music industry. Apple Senior Vice President Eddy...

  • Apple did right thing: Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx Monday, 22 Jun 2015 | 5:58 PM ET
    Nikki Sixx

    Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx cheered Apple's turnaround on artist royalties, saying its initial nonpayment plan wasn't right.

  • Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx: Apple did right thing Monday, 22 Jun 2015 | 4:51 PM ET
    Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx: Apple did the right thing

    In an open letter to Apple, Taylor Swift helped convince the company to change course and pay artists during its free-trial streaming period. Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue weighs in.

  • Sirius XM wins a US court ruling over pre-1972 songs Monday, 22 Jun 2015 | 3:13 PM ET

    June 22- Sirius XM Radio Inc won a victory in its legal battle to limit how much it spends to play music, as a federal judge said Florida law does not require the satellite radio company to pay royalties on songs made before 1972.. District Judge Darrin Gayles in Miami breaks from rulings by federal judges in New York and Los Angeles against Sirius in related...

  • Why Apple needed to appease Taylor Swift: Analyst Monday, 22 Jun 2015 | 2:00 PM ET
    Apple CEO Tim Cook

    Apple is doling out streaming royalties because it needs to appease artists for its streaming service to survive, an analyst said.

  • Apple changes its tune Monday, 22 Jun 2015 | 1:48 PM ET
    Apple changes its tune

    CNBC's Josh Lipton reports the latest movies from Apple and their decisions with their streaming music service, Apple Music.

  • Billy Corgan explains Apple's mistake with music Monday, 22 Jun 2015 | 1:36 PM ET
    Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumkins

    Apple's decision to change its payment policy for artists shows the mistake it is making, Billy Corgan says.

  • AAPL is afraid of a negative tide: Billy Corgan Monday, 22 Jun 2015 | 11:52 AM ET
    AAPL is afraid of a negative tide: Billy Corgan

    Billy Corgan, Smashing Pumpkins lead singer, weighs in on Apple Music changing their policy after Taylor Swift makes a stand. Tech companies are terrified of artists getting their fair share, says Corgan.

  • Spotfiy, market leader in music: Pro Monday, 22 Jun 2015 | 11:49 AM ET
    Spotfiy, market leader in music: Pro

    Stephen Witt, author of 'How Music Got Free', discusses Taylor Swift's move against Spotify and Apple Music and how the business of streaming music is changing.

  • A very green path for AAPL near term: Pro Monday, 22 Jun 2015 | 11:45 AM ET
    A very green path for AAPL near term: Pro

    Dan Ives, FBR Capital, weighs in on Taylor Swift voicing how she felt about musicians not being paid for their work.

  • 'Queen of music' persuades Apple Monday, 22 Jun 2015 | 10:47 AM ET
    'Queen of music' persuades Apple

    Ed Lee, Re/code managing editor calls Taylor Swift "Queen of music," after the 25-year old said in a blog post about Apple, "We don't ask you for free iPhones. Please don't ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation."

  • Cramer: Surprising that Apple changed its mind Monday, 22 Jun 2015 | 10:45 AM ET
    Taylor Swift.

    CNBC's Jim Cramer said Monday it was unusual for a company like Apple to alter one of its policies at the behest of an artist.

  • The Swift rise of Taylor, Inc. Monday, 22 Jun 2015 | 8:40 AM ET
    Taylor Swift performing

    Taylor Swift may be known for her "long list of ex-lovers", but now she's made a name for herself as a multi-million dollar powerhouse.