Sean Parker on Spotify, Apple Music, Taylor Swift and Tidal
CNN Money has an interview with Sean Parker on the current state of digital music. Having cut his teeth (hem hem) with the original Napster, he’s well placed to talk about technological disruption and music. He refers to...
June 26, 2015
HMV getting back into e-commerce – but for physical music
British retailer HMV is relaunching a full e-commerce website, although for now it will focus on selling CDs rather than digital downloads. “People are switching from downloads to streaming music, so digital is eating digital...
May 19, 2015
Streaming ahead of downloads for PIAS in 24 countries
PIAS commercial operations manager James Howdle has been sharing some stats on the growth of streaming for his company, noting that streaming revenues have now overtaken downloads in 24 markets for PIAS – including France,...
February 27, 2015
CDs still king as German music market grows
Physical sales remain dominant in Germany, where overall music sales rose 1.8% to €1.48bn in 2014 according to industry body BVMI. “While in many other countries physical sound carriers have decreased rapidly within just...
January 28, 2015
Mark Andreessen: ‘Recorded music was an oligopolistic cartel…’
Investor Mark Andreessen has taken some time off battering his Twitter followers with tweetstorms to give his opinions on the recorded music industry, telling New York Magazine that musicians should be making their money...
October 24, 2014
Is Japan really ready for the transition from CDs to streaming?
The New York Times has an interesting feature today on the Japanese music market, exploring why CDs still account for 85% of sales in the country, and questioning whether that attachment to physical is storing up problems...
September 20, 2014
How Groupon and LivingSocial are pushing ticket sales and bundles
Remember Groupon? It’s still going and instead of bombarding your inbox with a thousand spa retreat offers you never wanted or even expressed a vague interest in, it’s increasingly working with musicians now to offer...
September 10, 2014
Juniper Research predicts slow digital music growth
Research firm Juniper Research has published its latest digital music forecasts, predicting revenues of $12.3bn this year, rising to $13.9bn in 2019 – slow growth, to say the least. The report suggests that growth from...
August 22, 2014
German music revenues dipped in the first half of 2014
German rightsholder’s music income dipped slightly in the first half of this year, although the 0.8% drop pales next to the kind of decline seen in the worse times of the last decade. Music industry body BVMI reported that...
August 19, 2014
Amazon to add CD purchases to cloud accounts
Amazon is planning to extend its Cloud Player service to include physical CDs bought through its online store.
August 13, 2012
UK supermarket Sainsbury’s launches music downloads store
As more record shops have closed, so British supermarkets have been left as some of the last men standing when it comes to selling CDs offline.
May 4, 2012
eMusic and AIM survey finds physical habits still strong in UK
80% of UK music consumrs still regularly buy music in physical form and listen to it on a traditional stereo, according to research unveiled by eMusic and indie body AIM yesterday. That compares to 70% who download music,...
February 23, 2012