Let this be a stunning statistical warning for all ye who dare enter the Chinese music market. Because even if you manage to crack into China politically, you'll have an incredibly difficult time selling stuff once you're in.
In September 1995, the first consumer mp3 encoding software was released, allowing computer users to store digital music on their hard drives. At this time, typical hard drive sizes ranged between 500 and 1000 MB in size, so data compression was essential.
After nearly a year of speculation, rumor and talks, Apple finally unveiled iTunes Radio, a Pandora-like service that will be funded by advertising revenue and let users build their own listening stations based on chosen songs/artists plus each user’s iTunes buying history and iCloud account.
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Though the advent of CD and MP3 inevitably replaced its significance, the last few years have seen the cassette tape make an unexpected comeback. In the first of three short films, 'You Need To Hear This' celebrate its invention by meeting up with Jen Long, founder of cassette-only record label Kissability, and Brian Shimkovitz, DJ and founder of blog Awesome Tapes from Africa, to explore what drives their enduring love for the cassette tape.
By David Lowery singer/songwriter for the bands Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven. As a songwriter Pandora paid me $16.89* for 1,159,000 play of “Low” last quarter. Less than I make from a single T-shirt sale.
In March, this could be written off as a blip. In late-June, it looks more like a trend: according to preliminary data shared Tuesday by a major label source, song download sales remain down by roughly 3 percent in the US.
What if you could double the market for Internet radio, or triple the number of subscribers for on-demand services? The answer may be simpler than you think—that is, the answer may be all about simplicity. As Steve Jobs frequently said, consumers want simplicity, and building a simple product is more difficult than building a complicated one.
Last year, Japan startled the industry by almost beating the US in total recording sales. Now, it appears that Japan may grab the crown as the biggest music market in 2013, with healthy physical sales a big part of the reason.
The vinyl resurgence continues. Vinyl sales in the U.S. are up 33% through June 9th, according to Nielsen SoundScan, a blistering pace compared to the 15% gain through the same week in 2012 and the 18% gain in all of 2012.