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...
July 19, 2019
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....
June 17, 2019
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...
June 6, 2019
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...
May 29, 2019
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...
March 12, 2019
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...
February 22, 2019
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,...
February 14, 2019
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...
February 12, 2019
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...
February 6, 2019
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...
February 1, 2019
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.
August 23, 2018
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,...
August 9, 2018