Bandcamp Adds Merch Option
Direct-to-fan platform Bandcamp now allows its artists to create a page dedicated to merchandise. The items are integrated in the same shopping cart with digital and physical music items, so artists can bundle merch with music. A navigation bar at the bottom of an artist's page allows the visitor to easily move between music and merch pages. Fans can also search the site by merch type using Bandcamp's new Discover function. Launched in 2008, Bandcamp is responsible for 3.2 million transactions, 35.8 million downloads and $20.8 million paid to artists.
Android Platform Still Tops
Samsung, which just launched its Music Hub service in the United States, declined by 0.4 percentage points but still held a 25.6% share of the U.S. smartphone market in June, according to comScore. LG ranked second with 18.8%, followed by Apple (15.4%) and Motorola (11.7%). HTC, which sold 25% of its stake in audio company Beats Electronics in July, had 6.4%. Beats owns music subscription service MOG, giving HTC an inside track on an audio service to better compete with Apple and Google (which owns Motorola).
U.K. Digital Album Sales Pass 100M
Total U.K. digital album sales surpassed 100 million units in late July, just six years after digital track and album sales tallies launched in April 2006, according to BPI. Digital album sales have grown tremendously in that time, with weekly sales jumping from 64,000 units in April 2006 to 500,000 units today, while total digital album sales have doubled from 50 million units in just two years. Digital now accounts for 34% of total U.K. album sales. Stateside, the digital share is 38.5%, according to Nielsen SoundScan.