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Apple News for China in development, Eddy Cue interview reveals

12/01, 9:25am

Apple has no interests in economics of news, claims Cue

A China-specific version of the Apple News app is being produced, and could go live soon, according to comments made by Eddy Cue. Speaking in an interview about the app's impact on the publishing industry, Cue says Apple wants "to deliver as great of an experience in China as we do here in the US" for Apple News, while also dismissing the suggestion Apple is having problems dealing with censorship in the country.


Apple TV could replace standard cable set-top boxes, suggests Eddy Cue

11/09, 12:23pm

Cue interview indicates wish for Apple TV to become a central content source

Apple is aiming to make it as easy as possible for consumers to pay and watch TV shows and channels the way they want to, according to comments made by Eddy Cue during an interview. Extra footage from Cue's interview with CNN Money has been published, with Cue seemingly indicating that Apple is more interested in providing customers what they want with existing providers than launching its own long-rumored TV service.


Cue: more features to come to Apple TV in 2016

10/29, 2:56pm

Apple Music control, music searches among 'missing' features in new ATV

In a new interview with CNN Money, Apple's SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue revealed that the shipping fourth-generation Apple TV will have some additional features added to it after its debut next week. While most early reviews of the device have been positive, reviewers have noticed some strange omissions, such the Siri remote control being unable to control the Apple Music portion of iTunes. Siri on iOS devices has recently been found to defer music chart searches to those users subscribed to Apple Music.


Cue: iTunes Match, Apple Music library capacity boost coming soon

10/14, 1:52pm

Capacity will increase to as many as 100,000 non-iTunes tracks by end of year

In a follow-up response to his earlier remarks that the library size for iTunes Match and Apple Music subscribers will be vastly increased, Apple SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue now believes that the upgrade, originally thought to be planned for release with iOS 9, should come "before the end of the year." The change would allow subscribers to either service to store many more songs matched, but not purchased, through the iTunes Store for access on multiple devices.


Apple CEO Cook appears on 'Late Show' on eve of iOS 9 launch

09/16, 2:24am

Lighthearted talk covers iPhone 6s features, ethics, Jobs, alleged Apple Car

Following a jovial rampage through some NYC Apple Stores with fellow executives Eddy Cue and Greg Jozwiak in tow, Apple CEO Tim Cook appeared on Tuesday night's The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, with the host both wearing an Apple Watch (which notably replaced a traditional wristwatch the host wore last week) and toting a new Rose Gold iPhone 6s -- continuing Colbert's tradition of receiving such Apple gifts ahead of public release.


Apple's Tim Cook, Eddy Cue attend Sun Valley media conference

07/10, 7:43am

Fourth attendance of Sun Valley event for Cook

Apple CEO Tim Cook made an appearance at this week's Sun Valley media conference this week, in one of his regular visits to the Allen & Company gathering. Accompanied by Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue, Cook spent time with executives of a number of tech companies, with major names from both inside and outside the technology industry in attendance at the event in Idaho.


Eddy Cue Tweet: music Home Sharing may return in iOS 9

07/06, 9:06pm

Unspoken is the reason why it was removed in the first place

In the fallout about music not being able to be shared with Apple's Home Sharing feature to iOS 8.4 devices, Apple's Eddy Cue has responded on Twitter. In response to the barrage of coverage about the popular feature's absence, the executive has responded with a brief, carefully constructed Tweet, saying only that "We are working to have Home Sharing in iOS 9."


Cue: Apple will pay royalties for three-month free Music trial

06/22, 3:04am

Rights holders will receive per-stream fees during trial period

Reversing course after an outcry from artists, Apple Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue has announced on Twitter that the company will, in fact, pay rights holders -- which generally includes the artist -- during the forthcoming Apple Music subscription service's three-month free trial period. Apple's original agreement had said that no royalties would be paid while customers enjoyed the trial, prompting protests from indie and small labels as well as artists.


CBS CEO: Discussions with Apple over streaming an 'ongoing discussion'

05/27, 1:46pm

Apple deal to 'change the universe' likely to be made; holdup 'money'

CBS CEO Les Moonves, speaking at the Code Conference, all but confirmed Apple's television service. Citing a meeting held with Apple media chairman Eddy Cue, the broadcast TV executive said that CBS would "probably" sign a deal with Cupertino, as they are "very excited about it" with the only sticking point being licensing fees.


Cue shows Apple Pay, taunts Samsung Pay at Oracle Arena

03/07, 10:48am

Details of Apple Pay on iPhone 5 family revealed

Apple Senior Vice President Eddy Cue made an appearance at Oakland, California's Oracle Arena, and showed off the Apple Watch's Apple Pay functionality -- and took a veiled swipe at a competitor at the same time. Sporting the stainless steel model of the Watch, Cue showed how the device functions with the iPhone 6 series family, as well as confirmed an important detail of how the Apple Watch will bring Apple Pay to the iPhone 5 series of phones.


Apple SVP Eddy Cue testifies in Real trial, defends DRM use

12/04, 7:12pm

Explains why DRM was formerly required by record companies, more

Day three of the Real vs. Apple trial over allegations that Apple deliberately blocked rival stores' DRM music files on the iPod (a potential antitrust violation) continued today with testimony from Eddy Cue, Apple's SVP of Internet software and services and the executive in charge of the iTunes Store. Cue was on the stand for hours, going through an explanation of why the original iTunes Store had to have digital rights management in the first place, how Apple developed its FairPlay wrapper, and why it chose not to license FairPlay to others.


Apple's Eddy Cue defends actions in e-book price-fixing case

12/02, 2:00pm

Exec admits tactics pushed prices up

In a new interview with Fortune, Apple's senior VP for Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue defends his company and his own actions as they relate to the ongoing e-book price-fixing scandal. Apple is hoping to overturn a bench-trial verdict that found it guilty of conspiring with publishers to drive up prices; if it fails to win the appeal, the company will owe $450 million in damages and legal fees. Cue insists that the company is continuing to fight the verdict on principle. "We feel we have to fight for the truth," he says.


Most early Apple Pay transactions likely to be in-app, Apple says

10/20, 10:06am

Many Apple partners missing compatible terminals

The lion's share of early Apple Pay transactions will probably be in-app, rather than made at retail stores, admits Apple's Senior VP of Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue. Over the weekend, Cue spoke with the Wall Street Journal about the service, which launches today. In fact, many of Apple's merchant partners have yet to receive point-of-sale terminals compatible with Apple Pay, but the company is expecting them to upgrade within the next year.


Apple VP Eddy Cue puts Los Altos home up for sale

08/19, 5:58pm

Four-bedroom house, large lot listed for just under $4 million

Apple Senior VP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue, recently featured in an Apple diversity video, has listed his four-bedroom home in Los Altos, California for sale. The 3,721-square-foot home sits on an 18,295-square-foot lot, and is being listed by Realtor Ethel Green with an asking price of $3.895 million.


Eddy Cue offers private lunch, MacBook Air in charity auction

07/14, 2:29pm

Cash to go towards basketball foundation

Apple's Senior VP of Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue, is participating in a new auction via Charitybuzz. The winning bid will get a 13-inch MacBook Air and the main prize, a private lunch with Cue (plus one guest) at Apple's Cupertino headquarters. Proceeds will go to the National Association of Basketball Coaches Foundation; the winner is responsible for his/her own travel expenses.


Apple's Cook, Cue make appearances at 2014 Sun Valley conference

07/09, 2:12pm

Cue silent on media deals

As anticipated, Apple CEO Tim Cook and senior VP of Internet software and services Eddy Cue are currently in Idaho for this week's Sun Valley media conference. Cook was spotted by the Wall Street Journal's Doug MacMillan. Cue, meanwhile, was briefly stopped by The Information's Jessica Lessin, who asked if he was talking to companies about TV programming deals. "Nah, just going back to my hotel room," the executive is quoted as saying.


Tim Cook, Eddy Cue get invites to 2014 Sun Valley conference

06/30, 3:32pm

Duo attended 2013 event

Apple CEO Tim Cook and his senior VP of Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue, may be headed to the 2014 Sun Valley media and finance conference in Idaho, scheduled for next week, according to an invitation list. The extension of invitations doesn't necessarily mean the pair will show. Both attended the 2013 conference however, and Cook went by himself in 2012.


Cook, Cue spotted at formal opening of Apple's Austin campus

06/05, 10:54pm

Talked Beats acquisition, Ahrendts hiring, 'exciting' new products

Although only the first two buildings in the first phase of the project has been fully operational for about a month, Apple's Austin, Texas-based Americas Operations Center held its grand opening today with special guests: Apple CEO Tim Cook, and senior VP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue. The pair spoke to workers about the recent Beats acquisition and the hiring of Dame Angela Ahrendts as retail chief, and also teased "exciting" new products in the pipeline.


Eddy Cue talks Beats takeover, Apple product pipeline at Code

05/29, 10:01am

Claims best products in 25 years due in 2014

Speaking yesterday at the Code Conference, Apple's senior VP of Internet software and services, Eddy Cue -- joined by Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine -- offered an explanation of the company's $3 billion buyout of Beats, and also discussed Apple's upcoming product pipeline. He noted that a deal for Beats and/or the people behind it has been in development for a decade, and that together the two companies should be able to speed up products that are being kept secret.


Apple execs Eddy Cue, Craig Federeghi to speak at Code Conference

04/28, 4:10pm

Rare appearance by dual Apple execs

Apple's senior VP for Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue, will appear at Re/code's first annual Code Conference in late May, as will senior VP of Software Engineering Craig Federighi, according to an announcement. The executives will be headliners on the second night of the conference, which is already sold out. The event is a spiritual successor to the All Things D series of conferences, which were overseen by staff now at Re/code.


Eddy Cue denies pen-throwing incident in Haunted Empire book

03/19, 1:36pm

Top Apple executives cast doubt on book

Apple's senior VP for Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue, is denying an incident mentioned in the recent Yukari Iwatani Kane book Haunted Empire: Apple After Steve Jobs. The book claims that at one point, Jobs threw a pen at Cue's face. Asked if the anecdote is true, Cue told a reporter "No it's not."


Apple hands six executives stock grants worth over $19M per person

03/06, 10:50am

Majority of shares due to vest in three intervals through 2018

Newly-published SEC filings reveal that on Wednesday, Apple awarded six top executives 35,780 restricted stock units each. Recipients include senior VP of Operations Jeffrey Williams; general counsel Bruce Sewell; senior VP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller; senior VP of Hardware Engineering Dan Riccio; senior VP of Software Engineering Craig Federighi; and finally, senior VP of Internet Software and services Eddy Cue.


Steve Jobs gets induction into Bay Area Business Hall of Fame

11/12, 2:40pm

Eddy Cue talks friendship, Jobs' help with wife's cancer

Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs has received a posthumous induction into the Bay Area Business Hall of Fame. The induction actually took place last Thursday, but a new video of the ceremony highlights both Jobs' track record and a speech from Apple's senior VP of Internet software and services, Eddy Cue. Cue discusses how Jobs became a friend, and ended up helping his wife as she struggled with cancer.


Cue: iTunes Festival artists perform for free, for fans and promotion

10/03, 12:45am

Apple VP also pushes iTunes Radio as better way to premiere albums, events

Apple's Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue, has disclosed that artists who appear at the company's yearly iTunes Festival in London are not paid to do so, and use the free concert in London (at a venue that seats a relatively paltry 2,500 compared to the stadiums many of them regularly perform in) as both a chance to put on a show for the fans as well as an opportunity for worldwide exposure and promotion of their latest work.


iTunes Radio to be used to promote and stream albums pre-release

10/02, 11:18am

Streaming previews can be major boost to sales

Apple will use iTunes Radio to promote and stream albums before their release, according to Eddy Cue, the company's senior VP for Internet Software and Services. For some time now Apple has been offering full-length preview streams of albums by mainstream acts, but only on the iTunes Store. "It’s a huge improvement to do it on iTunes Radio because you don’t go to a store a lot. Hopefully lots of people will be listening to iTunes Radio a lot; from a discovery perspective it’s significantly better," says Cue.


Apple launches 'Employees on iTunes' private collection

09/25, 6:46pm

Not available to public, showcases creative work of employees

Apple Senior Vice President of Internet Services Eddy Cue has announced a new, Apple-internal-only section of the iTunes Store devoted to showcasing the creative outside work that Apple employees engage in beyond their usual job duties and the products the company makes. Dubbed "Employees on iTunes," the private section was announced in a memo by saying the new website was "in celebration of the ... creative pursuits of everyone at Apple." The showcase highlights songs, books, movies and other outside efforts.


Apple SVP Eddy Cue, CEO Cook exercise $2.4M in stock options

08/28, 12:50am

Cue sells, Cook withholds minimum tax requirements

Apple CEO Tim Cook and SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue exercised stock options last week, according to documents filed with the SEC, but only Cue actually sold shares -- while Cook opted to just withhold the minimum tax requirements, which worked out to just over $19 million. Cue sold roughly half of his latest stock grant, 24,580 shares for a net gain of $12.4 million.


Court evidence: Jobs read AppleInsider, queried Cue on reports

06/17, 7:19pm

Was concerned about how self-publishing, aggregators would be handled

According to a an email exchange between then-CEO Steve Jobs and Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue submitted in court earlier today as part of the Department of Justice's e-book price-fixing trial, Apple's co-founder and then-leader read Mac rumor-and-news sites such as AppleInsider and would question the veracity of items found there. In the exchange, which happened just three months after Apple had launched the iBookstore, Jobs wants to know more about self-publishing options.


Cue talks Steve Jobs' involvement in iBooks during Monday testimony

06/17, 5:15pm

Little new during executive's final court date

Under questioning at the ongoing DoJ v. Apple antitrust trial, the man who negotiated Apple's iBookstore deals with publishers -- Eddy Cue -- today disclosed some minor facts about Steve Jobs' involvement with the iBooks app. The topic came up during examination by Apple attorney Orin Snyder. Earlier in the trial, Cue established that Jobs was heavily into the concept of iBooks and the iBookstore once iPad development started ramping up. During today's testimony, Cue revealed that Jobs had micromanaged some of the smallest details of iBooks.


DoJ v. Apple e-book trial moves into defense phase

06/17, 3:44pm

Witnesses to include current iTunes, iBookstore heads

The Department of Justice's antitrust case against Apple is entering its final four days this week, according to Fortune. The original orchestrator of Apple's publisher deals for the iBookstore, Eddy Cue, is resuming court testimony today, having last testified on Thursday afternoon. Today's topics are expected to include a dinner Cue had with Macmillan's CEO, and disputed emails written to Cue by former Apple CEO Steve Jobs.


Apple's Eddy Cue admits e-book prices rose after iBookstore deal

06/13, 3:43pm

Blames publishers' resentment towards Amazon prices

Apple's senior VP for Internet software and services, Eddy Cue, testified today in defense of the company at the Department of Justice's ongoing antitrust trial over e-book prices. Cue was responsible for negotiating publisher deals to help launch the iBookstore in 2010. Apple is accused, however, of colluding with publishers to switch the e-book industry to an agency model, specifically with the aim of forcing prices higher and undermining Amazon's then-standard $10 pricetag.


Unsent Jobs email deals blow to Apple in DoJ e-book case

06/12, 11:35am

Suggests Apple was aiming at forcing Amazon to accept higher prices

As a result of an email written by former CEO Steve Jobs, Apple may have suffered a significant blow at the e-book antitrust trial being pursued by the Department of Justice. Fortune reports that the head of Apple's iBookstore, Keith Moerer, testified yesterday that Apple had never asked or pressured any book publisher into changing contracts with Amazon from a wholesale model to Apple's preferred agency model, in which publishers can dictate higher prices. Apple was "indifferent" to what model publishers used with Amazon, Moerer claimed.


Apple proposing half Pandora's royalty rate for streaming

03/07, 1:09pm

Record labels balking at Apple offer, report says

As an initial offer to a record label for a forthcoming streaming service, Apple recently proposed a royalty rate of just 6 cents per 100 songs, sources for the New York Post claim. "Apple wants a rate that is lower than Pandora's," one executive is quoted as saying. Pandora pays labels 12 cents per 100 songs, which itself is below the Copyright Royalty Board's standard 21 cents for digital-only streaming. Spotify pays 35 cents, according to the Post's sources.


Report: Cook, Cue met with Beats' Iovine, talk music service

03/06, 1:30am

Iovine's 'Project Daisy' subscription service may dovetail with Apple's plans

Legendary music producer, label head and Beats Audio CEO Jimmy Iovine has allegedly met with Apple CEO Tim Cook and media services chief Eddy Cue in a "wide-ranging" discussion of the music industry and related topics, including Iovine's "Project Daisy" proposed music service that he had previously pitched to Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. The meeting has renewed talk of alleged Apple plans for a subscription or premium music service.


Apple's Eddy Cue fires exec in charge of iOS 6 Maps

11/27, 2:36pm

Cue said to be bringing in new leadership for Maps group

Apple's senior VP for Internet software and services, Eddy Cue, has fired the executive in charge of iOS 6 Maps, Richard Williamson, according to Bloomberg sources. Although it's unknown if a replacement for Williamson has been lined up, one of the sources claims that Cue is planning to install a new leadership team in the Maps group. Meanwhile, another source says that a team is dedicated to fixing mapping mistakes, for instance upgrading UK satellite imagery or the labeling for US landmarks. The group is allegedly concentrating on the most obvious problems first.


Apple Internet head Eddy Cue joins Ferrari directors

11/07, 3:42pm

Ferrari's exact interest in Cue remains ambiguous

The head of Internet software and services at Apple, Eddy Cue, has taken a position on Ferrari's board of directors, according to an announcement. "I am delighted that Eddy Cue, one of the main driving forces behind Apple’s range of revolutionary products, has now joined our board," reads a statement from Ferrari chairman Luca di Montezemolo. "His huge experience in the dynamic, innovative world of the Internet will be of great assistance to us."


Eddy Cue mum on Apple TV prospects, hints at slow approach

08/24, 11:19am

Company could still be having trouble with content deals

Plans for an Apple TV set (or a more advanced set-top) may still be some time in coming, suggests Pacific Crest's Andy Hargreaves. On Wednesday the analyst met with Apple's CFO, Peter Oppenheimer, and its senior VP for Internet software and services, Eddy Cue. Hargreaves pressed the idea of a "more significant move into TV distribution," according to a new memo. In response, Cue repeated a frequent company position that Apple will only enter markets where it thinks it can create good customer experiences and solve major obstacles.


Apple objects to showing files from Universal dispute

04/30, 4:15pm

Depositions by Steve Jobs, Eddy Cue at heart of controversy

Apple is fighting a discovery request in a class action lawsuit brought by musicians like Rick James and Rob Zombie against Universal Music, The Hollywood Reporter reports. Specifically the plaintiffs want access to trial exhibits, expert reports, depositions, and other material from a suit by FBT Productions against UMG subsidiary Aftermath, filed over money owed from music by rapper Eminem. During the case, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that FBT was right in saying that a contract between the parties should be read as treating digital music as "licenses" instead of "sales." The dispute is still set to go to trial in the near future.


Jobs' absence may help iAd, source claims

01/26, 3:25pm

Apple co-founder may have been too involved

Apple's iAd network may actually be in a position to improve without Steve Jobs as company CEO, according to a Business Insider source described as "familiar with the situation." The person says that Jobs used to make many of the decisions at iAd, and that as he became sicker, it became increasingly difficult for the iAd team to accomplish anything. With Jobs gone, Eddy Cue is said to be free to properly take charge of iAd, and make decisions on issues like pricing and technology that weren't discussed while Jobs was alive.


Top Apple senior VPs get $60 million bonuses each

11/04, 7:30pm

Apple SEC filing shows huge bonus payouts

Apple on Friday sent filings to the SEC that showed one of the larger bonus payouts to its senior vice presidents in recent memory. iOS head Scott Forstall, Hardware Engineering's Bob Mansfield, CFO Peter Oppenheimer, Worldwide Product Marketing lead Phil Schiller, general legal counsel Bruce Sewell, and operations head Jeff Williams all received share awards of 150,000 shares each. At current market values of about $400 per share, each will have made $60 million if they cashed in the same day.


Eddy Cue becomes Apple's senior VP of Internet Software

09/01, 10:35am

'Promotion' from role in charge of iTunes

Eddy Cue has been promoted to the position of Senior VP of Internet Software and Services at Apple, an email memo from CEO Tim Cook reveals. "Eddy will report to me and will serve on Apple’s executive management team," the message elaborates. Cook notes that Cue has been with Apple 22 years, and most recently was the head of Apple's iTunes efforts; he is currently overseeing the iTunes Store, the App Store and the iBookstore, as well as iAd and iCloud.


Meeting with Apple execs may hint at WWDC announcements

05/05, 11:05am

Company claims software driving product cycles

Apple will likely reveal "major feature/function updates" at this year's WWDC in early June, says Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty. The prediction is based on a meeting with key Apple executives, including CFO Peter Oppenheimer, senior retail VP Ron Johnson and VP of Internet services Eddy Cue. During the gathering the executives explained that Apple "generally views product cycles as software driven," according to Huberty.


Cook: 'Clever things' planned to address prepaid iPhones

02/28, 11:55am

Hopes products not 'just for the rich'

Apple has "clever things" planned in order to address the prepaid market for iPhones, says COO Tim Cook. The executive joined CFO Peter Oppenheimer and VP of Internet Services Eddy Cue in speaking with Toni Sacconaghi, an analyst with Bernstein Research. While the iPhone is in high demand, a new model can cost at least $600 off-contract. Apple doesn't want its products to be "just for the rich," according to Cook, and is "not ceding any market." He notes that the company has spent "huge energy" in China, said to be a "clasic prepaid market."


Apple to make second subscriptions announcement 'soon'

02/02, 12:35pm

Option already available to publishers

Apple will "soon" make another announcement about iTunes subscriptions, according to the company's VP for Internet services, Eddy Cue. In-app subscriptions were introduced today with The Daily, an iPad-only news publication created by News Corp.. While other publishers may already be implementing the option, which companies are involved and what arrangements they might have will only be publicized at a later time.


Eddy Cue perfect for resolving MobileMe problems

08/08, 3:55pm

Eddy Cue for MobileMe

In light of Apple's tragic MobileMe launch, the company's own Eddy Cue – responsible for a great deal of Apple's back-end infrastructure for services like iTunes – steps up to manage the ailing suite. Cue, who is famous within Apple for being as hard on quality as CEO Steve Jobs, is expected to turn the service around, since he shares a common mindset with the perfectionist jobs, and is viewed by others as the perfect person for the job.



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