NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Apple ( AAPL) dropped 4.8% to $331.71 in pre-market trading Tuesday, after the company announced that CEO Steve Jobs would take a medical leave of absence for an unspecified amount of time. Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook will be responsible for the company's day-to-day operations.

Apple plans to report earnings after the bell Tuesday, which TheStreet will live blog.

Nokia ( NOK) fell 1.7% to $10.80, as it said it will discontinue free music downloads with its handsets in most markets. The world's largest cellphone-maker had launched the Ovi Music Unlimited as a competitor to Apple's iTunes.

IBM ( IBM) was down 0.35% to $149.48, as the company prepares for its fourth-quarter earnings announcement Tuesday afternoon. Analysts expect IBM to generate adjusted profit of $4.08 per share on revenue of $28.26 billion.

The mobile app market will be worth $25 billion by 2015, up from $6.8 billion in 2010, according to a new market research report by MarketsandMarkets. Apple's App Store is expected to hold a 20% share of this market, according to the report.

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