Digital music sales continue to grow, the latest results from giant major label, Universal Music confirm.
Issuing its full year results this week, parent company Vivendi revealed that digital sales in its music division grew 8.4% last year (Results release, PDF link).
Despite this area of growth, revenues at Universal were down 6.2% from 2008 to €4.36bn. Digital, however, grew 8.4% despite the company reporting a “softening demand for mobile products in the United States and Japan”.
The 10 billionth iTunes track has been downloaded following a two-week countdown. Just last month, Apple’s app store surpassed three billion downloads. (OK, we had expected Apple to cross the 10 billion target at the end of 2009, we’re a few weeks off, sorry about that). Continue reading →
This is interesting – Rob Wells, Senior Vice-President of Digital at the world’s largest major label, Universal Music Group International, tells us what’s what in the future of music.
This is a wide-ranging chat, covering the past, present and several different outcomes for the future of music, including building new commercial models that integrate social and search sites, and of course a little mobile (Apple). Interesting stuff for anyone who cares about the future of media and music. (Video after the break). Continue reading →
The Royal Opera House is giving away 300 items of film, audio and written material via iTunes.
This is a European first for the Royal Opera House, the first performing arts organisation this side of the Atlantic to open its own iTunes U site and “only the third in the world after the American Theatre Wing and the Washington National Opera,” Brand Republic informs us. Continue reading →
The Boxee team have held good to their promise, delivering their first hardware partner (D-Link) and an all-new Beta of the Mac, PC and Apple TV-friendly multimedia service for digital lives.
Perhaps the big news delivered at the Music Hall of Williamsburg last night is that of the Boxee Box by D-Link, the first of what the team hopes becomes a family of products using the Boxee software. We’ll take a quick look at the new beta later in this report.
D-Link has been named first choice as the hardware partner to release a Boxee branded device for the living room (an Apple TV-killer?) the Boxee Box by D-Link.
This promises access to tens of thousands of movies & TV Shows, organisation and playback features for home movies and photos, and music playback from their home network or from Internet sources like Pandora.
Apple has announced its next Live from London performance, which takes place 17 December and stars Robbie Williams.
Citing Apple’s release on the appearance, which circulated this morning: “Global superstar Robbie Williams is to perform and record an exclusive iTunes LIVE from London show at the Apple Store, Regent Street. Showcasing tracks from his new album “Reality Killed The Video Star”, Robbie Williams has sold 55 million solo albums and has won more Brit Awards than any act in history.” Continue reading →
In the run-up to Groove Armada’s hotly awaited new studio album ‘Black Light’ (Out February 22nd), pioneering dance duo, Andy Cato and Tom Findlay are set to play the first ever Sony Computer Entertainment Europe music gig in PlayStation Home, December 3rd.
A celebration of their new studio album, the free and exclusive event grants everyone front row access, without any of the in-crowd sweatiness or restricted views.
The completely free on-demand, streaming music video service for PlayStation3 (PS3), features a stunning concert of brand-new video footage taking place in the revamped Presentation Podium area.