The world’s biggest music market, USA, has seen some positive and some worrying trends in recent months.
With iTunes ascendant and Amazon MP3 store now claiming c.8% of US digital music sales, with 15% of US internet users purchasing music from online stores in the third quarter of 2008, NPD Group reports.
This contrasts with CD purchasing figures, which continue to decline faster than digital grows. Nielsen SoundScan reports US album sales were down 21.7% in the first week of December, compared with the same period last year.
Digital music sales continue fast growth in the US, accounting for 18 per cent of the music market there this year, and set to climb to 41 per cent of total sales across the next five years, Forrester Research claims.
The report predicts 55 per cent of US online consumers will pay to download music in 2013. Despite this strong growth, labels must get used to a smaller value music market, say the analysts, overall the US music market will shrink from its current level of $10.2 billion to $9.8 billion in the next five years.
Hooray for Bollywood – and a step forward for the genre on news Cablevision has launched Bollywood Hits On Demand, the company’s first international subscription video on demand (SVOD) service for iO TV digital cable customers.
The service gives US cable customers unlimited access to a variety of South Asian films and music videos, offering over 25 movies each month and more than 50 Bollywood music videos.
Apple’s “hobby” the Apple TV has a chance at becoming a ubiquitous household item, though the company may need to add support for non-Apple media services and implement many new features if it seriously intends making an iPod-level impact on this important growing market.
The reason Apple has the chance is visible in the growing momentum behind development of solutions to bring online video to the front room – a sector becoming quickly more intense.
Online video on-demand services such as iTunes or Hulu are hot properties, meaning many more devices – including TVs offering features similar to the Apple TV – should begin to reach market en masse starting next year. And even if Apple does not develop such solutions there will still be winners and losers in the race to offer the ‘iPod’ equivalent of the multimedia for the front room box.
Juicy Development’s Talk Radio 1.0 ($1.99) uses location-aware searching to find local talk shows, while only for the US right now the international database is growing and it seems likely a future software update will make the application useful in additional countries.
Don’t say we didn’t try to warn you yesterday, but it looks like Guns N’ Roses are getting a whiff of digital, promising a free advance track from forthcoming album, ‘Chinese Democracy’ to customers pre-ordering the release.
The long-awaited album ships in the US on November 23 and the UK on November 24. Fans who order a copy from Sunday (November 9) will get the album’s title track immediately, and will be able to get hold of the album in its entirety come release day.
You won’t see these details on iTunes just yet – the album’s not yet listed on the US or UK stores, so watch the artists page, we reckon – well, that’s if you’re curious about the album.
AC/DC’s quite brilliant ‘Black Ice’ album may not be available online, and while the legendary band have offered a few treats for the digital generation this latest fan-based move is something else…
AC/DC feature in the world’s first music video created within an Excel spreadsheet, built using ASCII art. Bigging up the clip, the band’s ‘people’ said, “AC/DC smashes through the corporate firewall with real rock ‘n’ roll. Watch the video playing back as ASCII art in Microsoft Excel!”
You can see the clip after the break, mainly so we could include an image of the new album and note that relatively recent estimates suggest the band’s music’s been downloaded in excess of half a million times of the file-sharing networks…
OpenTV Corp. has launched a movie portal application in partnership with Bell TV, Canada’s leading satellite and High Definition TV provider.
The Bell TV movie portal developed by OpenTV enables movie content providers to promote specific channels, as well as the movies they feature, through a fully customizable application that runs on OpenTV’s Core middleware platform. In addition to a themed search option, the application features a unique scheduling option that allows viewers to schedule movie recordings and set reminders weeks in advance.
The StreamSmart project is dedicated to creating a platform for playing content from Sirius XM on a range of devices, including the iPhone. As a general purpose it resonates with the BBC’s plan for ubiquitous device-agnostic future broadcasting through iPlayer. Continue reading →
US officials can now seize your digital gear, searching the computers, iPods and iPhones of foreign nationals visiting the US. Equipment can be seized – without charge, there’s no oversight, and it’s all in the name of ‘Homeland Security’ (like US officials really need to know which album I’ve been listening to this week. Here’s Current TV’s take…