Tag: smartphones

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Mexican music industry optimistic for more growth ahead

We’ve all heard of the smartphone as a driver of digital music consumption. Well how about music as a driver of smartphone adoption? That, according to Tomás Rodriguez, managing director of Warner Music Mexico, is what...
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37% of US adults now mainly use smartphones to go online

The Pew Research Center has put out some new stats on Americans’ internet use: and specifically on their mobile internet use. “Today, 37% of U.S. adults say they mostly use a smartphone when accessing the internet....
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Mobile phones will beat TV for Americans’ time this year

Research firm eMarketer has predicted a tipping point for Americans’ entertainment habits this year. “For the first time ever, US consumers will spend more time using their mobile devices than watching TV, with smartphone...
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ByteDance to build its own smartphone

ByteDance has been very busy of late. Or, to be more precise, the rumour mill around ByteDance has been very busy of late. Only recently the company behind TikTok was reported to be looking into building its own music streaming...
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Tidal’s MQA-powered hi-res tracks now available on iPhone

Hi-res music tech firm MQA has been a partner for streaming service Tidal for a long time now. Yesterday saw the latest expansion of the pair’s relationship: MQA’s master-quality tracks are now available to listen to...
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Global smartphone sales ‘stalled’ in final quarter of 2018

Research firm Gartner has published its latest figures for smartphone sales, suggesting that they ‘stalled’ in the final quarter of 2018. And note, this really is sales – “sales to end users” – rather than shipments...
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Study: Spotify is now installed on 33% of Dutch smartphones

Mobile-industry research site Telecompaper has published some new figures on the popularity of music-streaming apps in the Netherlands. It pegs Spotify as the leader, with its app now installed on 33% of Dutch smartphones,...
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IDC releases smartphone figures for China and India

Research firm IDC has been putting out its latest numbers on smartphone shipments around the world, including China and India – both countries of considerable interest to the music industry in 2019, with smartphone growth...
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Study explores how smartphone ownership trends vary globally

“Today, it is estimated that more than 5 billion people have mobile devices, and over half of these connections are smartphones,” explains the latest study from the US-based Pew Research Center. It proceeds to explore...
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IDC says 2018 was ‘worst year ever’ for smartphone shipments

Research firm IDC turned into Comic Book Guy from The Simpsons yesterday, declaring that 2018 was “the worst year ever for smartphone shipments”. That’s a strange thing to say: clearly it wasn’t the worst year ever...
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Even teenagers are worried about their smartphone usage

There’s a lot of ballyhoo in the media about whether young people are spending too much time on their phones: it’s the parental fret-fest of our generation.
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Spotify is now Samsung’s ‘go-to’ music partner on its devices

Spotify has made its latest move in its battle with Apple, striking a partnership with the latter company’s fiercest rival in the smartphone space: Samsung. Spotify is now the “go-to music service provider” for Samsung,...