April 27, 2015Global Music Market Study
Billboard posted an excellent wrapup of the much talked about IFPI's 2015 "Recording Industry in Numbers" report last week. The study, which notably reported a 0.4% drop in global music sales, revealed a plethora of research and information on the global record business. Several of the key takeaways include: despite their decline, physical formats continue to make up a significant portion of market sales; Latin America is the fastest growing region for music sales; and performance rights revenues are on track to cross $1 billion. Read the full summary of the IFPI report. here.
April 23, 2015Google Becomes a Mobile Carrier
Google became a mobile carrier this week -- as it officially unveiled its plan to offer wireless services to owners of its Nexus 6 smartphone. An early invite program launched on Wednesday for what Google is calling "Project Fi", which will require users to activate by ...
April 22, 2015Google's New "Mobile Friendly" Update
Google implemented a new mobile update this week, which will change its search algorithms to recognize websites " 'mobile-friendliness' as a ranking signal -- meaning that those sites which weren't optimized for smartphones' smaller screens would see their ranks ...
April 21, 2015What To Expect At Wwdc 2015
Apple's famous WorldWide Developers Conference is a little less than 2 months away (June 8-12), and the rumors are starting to heat up. The biggest announcement expected to come from the Conference is regarding Apple TV, which is expected to debut a new set-top box ...
April 20, 2015Verizon's New Pay TV Pitch
Verizon made another stride towards unbundling today when they announced that their FIOS TV service will now be offering a "skinny bundle" of TV channels that they will be able to "augment" with other packages of themed channels like sports. These packages could then ...
April 17, 2015Digital Music Revenue Surpasses CD Sales
For the first time ever globally, digital music revenue has surpassed physical format sales. According to a report released this week by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), digital revenue grew in 2014 about 7% - to about 6.85 billion. ...
April 16, 2015Apple Releases New Music Player Beta
This week Apple gave developers a first-look at the beta version of their new music app, which is said to be a Beats-inspired revamping of iTunes. Some highlights include an all new design, streamlined iTunes Radio, new MiniPlayer, and improved Now Playing. The new ...
April 15, 2015Yahoo to Buy Foursquare?
According to several sources this week, Yahoo is currently in talks to purchase the popular local search and "check-in" app Foursquare. The deal, which is said to be close to finished, could be worth up to $900 million and would be a huge opportunity for Yahoo "to ...
April 6, 2015Apple's Proposed Streaming TV
It was reported last week that Apple has been approaching TV networks to try and get shows on board for their proposed streaming TV service. Sources say that Apple is asking the networks to handle the cost of the infrastructure, while they focus on the hardware and ...
April 2, 2015Coachella Live-Stream Partners
It was announced this week that YouTube and T-Mobile will be teaming up to live-stream the first weekend of the upcoming Coachella music festival (April 10-12). The companies have created a virtual "pass" for fans who want to live-stream the festival from its official ...