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  • Capital controls mean Greeks can click, but not buy Tuesday, 30 Jun 2015 | 10:31 AM ET

    *Capital controls prevent transfers of cash out of Greece. LONDON, June 30- Monday was the day the music died for thousands of song downloaders and music streamers in Greece. Transfers of funds out of Greece were banned to prevent a collapse of the banking system after Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras rejected the terms of a bailout offer from international lenders.

  • Why Apple can still win the streaming battle Monday, 29 Jun 2015 | 11:38 PM ET
    Why Apple can still win the streaming battle

    Patrick Moorhead, president & principal analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy, says Apple Music's competitiveness depends on how well it can leverage its huge iTunes customer base.

  • Is Apple Music a gamechanger? Monday, 29 Jun 2015 | 9:45 PM ET
    Is Apple Music a gamechanger?

    Unless it offers something different from what's already available in the market, it may be difficult for Apple Music to attract paying subscribers, says Casey Rae, CEO of Future of Music Coalition.

  • The supply and demand for those coveted Dead tickets Monday, 29 Jun 2015 | 9:56 AM ET
    A fan at the Grateful Dead concert in Santa Clara, Calif.

    Tickets for the Grateful Dead's final shows are still in demand, but two additional shows in California changed some of the pricing.

  • Artists band together for streaming rights Monday, 29 Jun 2015 | 8:49 AM ET
    Artists band together for streaming rights

    Al Di Meola, Di Meola Records explains why he thinks streaming is criminal activity and shares his thoughts on the future of the music industry.

  • June 26- Country singer Cody McCarver for years wore T-shirts featuring the Confederate battle flag- the "rebel flag" as he calls it- when he toured in the U.S. South as a member of the Confederate Railroad band. "I think that if, and this is a huge if, taking the rebel flag out of our society would stop racism, I am all for it," said McCarver, who quit as keyboard player for...

  • June 26- Sirius XM Holdings Inc on Friday said it agreed to pay five record companies $210 million to settle a lawsuit accusing the satellite radio company of broadcasting songs made before 1972 without permission and without paying royalties. The settlement resolves claims by Capitol Records LLC, Sony Music Entertainment, UMG Recordings Inc, Warner Music...

  • June 26- Sirius XM Holdings Inc on Friday said it agreed to pay five record companies $210 million to settle a lawsuit accusing the satellite radio company of broadcasting songs made before 1972 without permission and without paying royalties. In a regulatory filing, Sirius said the accord with Capitol Records LLC, Sony Music Entertainment, UMG Recordings Inc,...

  • Shazam is 'perfect' for IPO: Exec Friday, 26 Jun 2015 | 7:11 AM ET
    European unicorns: Shazam

    Music-identifying app Shazam joined the very exclusive Unicorn club in January 2015. Executive Chairman, Andrew Fisher, talks CNBC through how the company made it this far and what's next.

  • June 25- Pop star Taylor Swift said she would put her latest hit album "1989" on Apple Music, days after Apple Inc did an about-face, agreeing to pay artists during a free trial of its new streaming music service. Apple on Monday bowed to pressure from Swift and some independent music groups and labels after its decision of not paying artists created a furor in the...

  • Taylor Swift to put hit album "1989" on Apple Music Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 | 12:26 PM ET

    June 25- Pop star Taylor Swift said she would put her latest hit album "1989" on Apple Music, days after Apple Inc did an about-face, agreeing to pay artists during a free trial of its new streaming music service. Apple on Monday bowed to pressure from Swift and some independent music groups and labels after its decision of not paying artists created a furor in the...

  • Taylor Swift to put '1989' album on Apple Music Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 | 11:49 AM ET
    Taylor Swift to put '1989' album on Apple Music

    The Squawk Alley team discuss Taylor Swift and her move to put her hit album "1989" on Apple Music.

  • Chicago ready to wake up the sleeping Dead Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 | 11:11 AM ET
    Soldier Field, Chicago.

    It will be shades of green for Chicago's travel industry when Deadheads come to town July Fourth weekend for the band's final shows.

  • RPT-Nostalgia for drachma grows in Greece Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 | 1:01 AM ET

    ATHENS, June 24- In a traditional cafe in a working-class neighbourhood of Athens, 55- year-old musician Stelios Maragakis said he has the solution to Greece's debt crisis: ditch the euro. The only way to save Greece is the drachma, "he said, sipping from a small glass of spirit, Greek music sounding in the background. It remains a minority view, but demands by Greece's...

  • June 24- Apple Inc's new music streaming service has been endorsed by the Worldwide Independent Network, an association for independent musicians, two days after the company reversed its decision of not paying musicians during a three-month trial. The endorsement follows a Billboard magazine report that independent music rights holders Beggars Group and...

  • Nostalgia for drachma grows in Greece Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 12:48 PM ET

    ATHENS, June 24- In a traditional cafe in a working-class neighborhood of Athens, 55- year-old musician Stelios Maragakis said he has the solution to Greece's debt crisis: ditch the euro. The only way to save Greece is the drachma, "he said, sipping from a small glass of spirit, Greek music sounding in the background. It remains a minority view, but demands by Greece's...

  • Google's ad plans Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 11:48 AM ET
    Google's ad plans

    Torrence Boone, Google VP, discusses the outlook for advertising for online video from the Cannes Lions Festival.

  • WPP, Snapchat & Daily Mail team up Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 11:11 AM ET
    WPP, Snapchat & Daily Mail team up

    WPP CEO Sir Martin Sorrell is teaming up with Snapchat and The Daily Mail to form a content marketing agency called Truffle Pig. The Daily Mail North America CEO Jon Steinberg, provides insight.

  • How Facebook is looking at video Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 11:07 AM ET
    How Facebook is looking at video

    Facebook showed advertisers its vision for mobile advertisements at Cannes Lions. CNBC's Kayla Tausche and Jon Steinberg discuss Facebook reaching all-time highs.

  • Sir Martin Sorrell's 2 new partnerships Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 10:35 AM ET
    Sir Martin Sorrell's 2 new partnerships

    WPP CEO Sir Martin Sorrell is teaming up with Snapchat and The Daily Mail to form a content marketing agency called Truffle Pig. Also, Sorrell discusses the partnership with Alex Da Kid.