The Official Charts Company (OCC) has (at last) launched a website offering everybody free access to five decades of British chart data.
The site offers an update of the Official Singles and Albums Charts every Sunday evening, alongside a wide range of Officially-compiled charts across a large number of genres, all supported with download and video streaming functionality. Read the rest of this entry
UK music industry association the BPI today published recorded music sales figures for 2009, slightly snubbing iTunes in the process.
How did the BPI act to snub iTunes? By admitting that digital income now accounts for a fifth of total UK recorded music revenues – up 47.8 per cent, but failing to name iTunes, or any other strictly a la carte music download service. The organisation did make space to name some of the free ads-supported streaming services.
Here’s the news all the same:
A strong fourth quarter and increased digital income streams offset the reduced sales of physical formats as the UK recorded music market reported a modest 1.4% annual increase in total trade income for 2009 of £928.8m, BPI’s annual survey of industry income revealed today. Read the rest of this entry
Following the Air App introduction yesterday, yet more iPhone action from France – this time hit making DJ and producer, David Guetta, has introduced a new interactive musical iPhone app- the difference here being use of the hot new MXP4 technology.
This is an interesting App for iPhone and iPod touch users. It brings location-aware technology, Twitter feeds, MXP4-powered remixable music and more.
The App can do so much: Read the rest of this entry
This is the graph the record industry doesn’t want you to see.
UK digital music service, 7 Digital, today launched its digital music service in the US, while also making a grab at the mobile market with launch of a music download store for BlackBerry users.
7 Digital is well-known in Europe, but is raising the bar in competition in the US with its launch there. Tracks will cost 77-cents, or $7.77 for an album (standard prices, variable prices also exist).
Tracks are sold in high-quality 320kbps MP3 format, completely free of DRM. The company also offers a “digital locker” in which all your downloads are backed-up on 7 Digital’s servers in the even you need to redownload them in case of computer failure.
We thought it had gone just a little bit quiet with MySpace Music – now we know why – backed by News International it appears MySpace is attempting to acquire popular music steaming and recommendation service, iLike (which launched its own music download service this week) for a cool $20 million.
This news is going to concern Apple’s iTunes team – iLike is the music network that’s most used by Facebook users, and with millions using that service, News International could leverage its new property under the MySpace Music umberella to make a pretty big attempt to unseat Apple’s music service from its current position of market dominance.
OK, the iPod and iTunes refresh season is rapidly approaching, and there’s a whole selection of claims flying round for iTunes 9 - here’s your cut-out-and-keep assemblage of what to expect:
If you’re based in New York and want a good hard glimpse at Apple, digital music and the evolution of the music industry, then you’d best not miss a special event featuring WSJ tech journalist, Walt Mossberg and hit-maker musician and intellectual talent, Moby.
They’ll discuss the ways technology has changed how music is created and how fans acquire and discover music.
Plugging the show on WNYC public radio today the two agreed: “We’re going to have a conversation about technology and music from both the point of view of creators and consumers.”
The report suggests that the aim of the game is to offer existing music purchasers their albums in a more interactive – and more expensive – format. Consumers will get the music they’re after along with other elements to boost the value of the digital deal, including photos, videos, lyrics and more.