All items tagged with "Eddy Cue"

Eddy Cue blames record labels for craptastic iTunes DRM


Apple was forced by major record labels to implement digital rights management technology in iTunes, according to testimony in an ongoing class-action lawsuit that accuses Cupertino of stifling competition with competing music services.

Apple contemplated licensing its DRM, called FairPlay, to other companies, “but we couldn’t find a way to do that and have it work reliably,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet software and services.

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Eddy Cue buys Frozen toys and sunglasses to show off Apple Pay

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Eddy Cue can’t hold back his enthusiasm for Apple Pay any more. Photo: KTLA

Although tech watchers have known about Apple Pay for some time now, for a large percentage of the general public the concept of NFC transactions is still new — and potentially scary.

Hoping to change that perception, Eddy Cue made an appearance on KTLA’s Tech Report yesterday, where he took host Rich DeMuro on a “shopping spree” to show off Apple’s “new way to pay.”

Want to see one of Apple’s top executives buy oatmeal and Frozen toys using his iPhone? Well, now you can.

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Apple locks up top execs until 2019 with $27 million golden handcuffs

Photo: H. Michael Karshis/Flickr CC

The only handcuffs that presumably come with a free Apple Watch and iPhone 6 thrown in. Photo: H. Michael Karshis/Flickr CC

Apple will be holding on to its top executives until at least 2019, if the granting of new stock options by the Apple board has anything to do with it.

Angela Ahrendts, Eddy Cue, Phil Schiller, Craig Federighi, CFO Luca Maestri, VP of hardware engineering Daniel Riccio, lawyer Bruce Sewell and COO Jeffrey Williams all received stock grants potentially valued at a total of $27 million, based on the high closing price of AAPL stock Thursday.

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Apple welcomes Beats to the family as $3 billion acquisition is finalized


Apple today officially welcomed Beats Music and Beats Electronics to its family, along with Beats co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre, following its $3 billion takeover back in May.

“Music has always held a special place in our hearts, and we’re thrilled to join forces with a group of people who love it as much as we do,” reads an announcement on, while those buying products from the Beats website will now be routed through the Apple Store.

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Apple’s $425 million spike in R&D spending points to new products in pipeline


Eddy Cue thinks 2014 will be the best product pipeline Apple’s had in 25 years, and according to the company’s latest filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Cupertino is certainly pouring enough money into R&D to back him up.

Apple increased spending in research and development 36 percent year-over-year in Q3, with an extra $425 million being funneled into R&D in the last quarter alone.

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Apple announces 2014 iTunes Festival with Pharrell Williams, Maroon 5, Kylie


Apple today announced the eighth annual iTunes Festival in London with a whole bunch of massive acts already confirmed. Those lucky enough to bag tickets will see the likes of Pharrell Williams, Maroon 5, Kylie, Sam Smith, and Blondie.

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Tim Cook spotted in Sun Valley, tells reporter to ditch Samsung phone

Cook and Cue looking casual in Sun Valley. (Photo by @kajawhitehouse on Twitter)

Cook and Cue looking casual in Sun Valley. (Photo by @kajawhitehouse on Twitter)

Apple’s Tim Cook and Eddy Cue were invited yet again this year to the illustrious business conference put on by Allen & Company in Sun Valley, Idaho. Today they were spotted walking around and talking to reporters.

The tech and media world’s elites gather in the resort town of Sun Valley annually to discuss potential partnerships and deals behind closed doors. Think of it like a social mixer on steroids for the world’s most powerful business moguls. Everyone from Rupert Murdoch to the CEOs of Comcast and AT&T attend.

While casually strolling through the mountain resort today, both Cook and Cue fielded questions from eager journalists looking to get a juicy quote or scoop.

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Tim Cook and Eddy Cue on guest list for exclusive Sun Valley conference next week

Tim Cook looking smug at Sun Valley last year. (photo by Rick Wilking, Reuters)

Tim Cook looking smug at Sun Valley last year. (photo by Rick Wilking, Reuters)

When it comes to all the elite conferences Silicon Valley is so well known for, Apple executives rarely make appearances. Apple’s shortlist includes the annual Code Conference and Allen & Co.’s business conference in Sun Valley, Idaho. The second kicks off next week.

Like last year, Tim Cook and Eddy Cue have been invited to hobnob with the tech and media world’s most powerful players. Both execs attended last year, and if they choose to do so again this year, there will undoubtedly be many interesting conversions had behind closed doors with competitors and potential partners.

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Amazon spins oldies in modern streaming war


The album is dead. So dead Amazon thinks customers won’t even care if all the songs in its new music-streaming service have been spun out of tune by DJs across the country for months.

To boost its digital offerings, Amazon is planning to launch its own music service, reports BuzzFeed, but rather than stocking up on the latest hit songs, Prime Music will shun new releases in favor of a potluck offering of songs and albums that are at least six months old.

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