Audio storage

  1. The Play Box: A Vision for Music Reclaiming the Living Room, by Mark Mulligan

    January 28, 2013 4:15 PM EST The transition of recorded music from a physical object to an intangible one is the core of the challenge that has faced our business since the turn of the millennium. Here, Mark Mulligan -- a long-term music-industry analyst and co-founder of M ...

  2. Vinyl Mania

    October 08, 2012 6:10 AM EDT Leading reissue label Light in the Attic spreads the good word about vinyl at record stores nationwide. When Light in the Attic Records' Jon Treneff made a sales stop at the no-credit cards, vinyl-only Mississippi Records in Portland, Ore., ...

  3. SoundScan Mid-Year Report: Unit Sales Up 4 Percent, Although Album Sales Dropped 3.2 Percent

    July 05, 2012 1:31 PM EDT It's beginning to look like the party begun in 2011 for the revival of U.S. album sales is over: In the first six months of 2012, album sales dropped 3.2% to 150.5 million units, according to Nielsen SoundScan (versus 155.5 million units in t ...

  4. CD Sweep Allows Music Fans to Unload Old CDs as a Donation to Autism Research

    June 06, 2012 4:37 PM EDT Now people can finally dump their old CDs and do something socially positive at the same time. CD Sweep launched Tuesday, making it easy to clean out unwanted CDs and DVDs while also supporting Autism research. While searching for something to do ...

  5. NAB, Recording Academy Weigh In on Clear Channel-Big Machine Royalty Deal

    June 05, 2012 5:16 PM EDT The National Association of Broadcasters -- the radio stations' trade association - and the Recording Academy have weighed in on Clear Channel's agreement to pay sound recording performance royalties to the Big Machine Label Group, which ...

  6. Record Store Day Brings Explosive Sales to Indie Stores, SoundScan Data Shows

    April 26, 2012 11:45 AM EDT The scene at Fords, New Jersey's Vintage Vinyl during Portugal. The Man's set on Record Store Day. (Photo: Jerry Rubino) Record Store Day produced explosive sales gains at indie stores, that helped the U.S. industry slightly outpace the ...

  7. Walmart Launches Disc To Digital Service

    March 14, 2012 8:03 AM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Wal-Mart pledged to help introduce Hollywood's emerging online movie locker system to its customers, many of whom have never owned anything digital in their lives. People who own DVDs or Blu-ray discs from five participati ...

  8. Neil Young: Steve Jobs Listened To Vinyl

    February 01, 2012 8:45 AM EST DANA POINT, Calif. (AP) -- Legendary rocker Neil Young took his campaign for higher-fidelity digital sound to the stage of a technology conference Tuesday, saying a giant of the industry was on his side: the late Steve Jobs. Young said the Apple c ...

  9. Why Young Music Fans Buy Vinyl -- and the Apps That Can Help Them

    January 26, 2012 5:00 AM EST As someone who spends lots of time thinking about the future of music as an app phenomenon, it might surprise you that I do a lot of my listening on vinyl records. I'm not alone - reports abound of vinyl's surging sales numbers over the ...

  10. Labels Like 2011's CD Numbers...Except The One On The Bottom Line

    December 08, 2011 8:35 AM EST Label executives may gnash their teeth about the razor-thin profit margins they derive from the $5 CD being sold in corrugated fixtures and at speed tables in Walmart and Best Buy. But they like the sales bump that this year's new popular con ...

  11. EMI Reissues Compelte Pink Floyd Catalog

    September 30, 2011 8:14 AM EDT EMI's new Pink Floyd boxed set and its planned release of additional multiple-disc sets devoted to individual titles will no doubt attract a lot of attention in this fall's reissue market. It has the splashiest launch (including the re ...

  12. Access Over Ownership? It's Happening in Video

    August 09, 2011 11:31 AM EDT How important is it to own your favorite album or film? Habits are changing in the video market, where access is quickly overtaking ownership. In the first half of 2011, American consumers spent more money renting movies than purchasing them, acco ...

  13. Radiohead Drive 55% Rise in U.K. Vinyl Sales

    July 27, 2011 7:03 PM EDT Vinyl album sales in the United Kingdom climbed by 55% in the first six months of 2011, according to new figures released by the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA). From January to June this year, 168,296 albums were sold in the vinyl forma ...

  14. Google Report on DVD's Decline, Not Death

    April 22, 2011 2:09 PM EDT Google can tell consumer interest in DVDs is waning because of how people use its search engine. DVD-related search terms have been on the decline at Google since late 2008 while Netflix has constantly grown. And that decline in search terms mirro ...

  15. Record Store Day Releases: A Complete Guide

    April 14, 2011 2:03 PM EDT Record Store Day takes place Saturday, April 16. Below is a list of all titles being released in conjunction with -- and exclusively for -- Record Store Day in the U.S. Each entry has artist, title, label and format. Some entries also include the ...

  16. U.S. Music Sales Down Just 1.3% In First Quarter, According to SoundScan

    April 06, 2011 6:02 PM EDT Total U.S. music sales slipped just 1.3% in the first quarter from the same period a year earlier, thanks to a surge in sales during six of the last seven weeks of the quarter. The relatively modest decline marked a sharp improvement from a 6.1% y ...

  17. Guest Post: Ethan Kaplan Wishes Death to the Shiny Disc

    March 28, 2011 5:43 PM EDT (Ethan Kaplan is the former senior VP of emerging technology for Warner Music Group. This post originally ran on his blog Blackrimglasses , which he describes as "Music + Technology + Random Nonsense from the Music Industry.") Death to S ...

  18. Business Matters: Even Obscure Titles Still Selling Mostly CDs and LPs

    March 02, 2011 12:25 PM EST Even Obscure Titles Still Selling Mostly CDs and LPs -- The digital shares of new releases rose in 2010, according to Nielsen SoundScan, but across all sales strata the numbers show physical formats are still vital. At the top of the list, new rel ...

  19. Analysis: Labels Began Phasing Out CD Manufacturing Plants A Decade Ago

    January 13, 2011 12:00 AM EST Yesterday we reported that Sony Music is closing a CD manufacturing plant in New Jersey. This is more than just a reaction to the current woes of the CD format. Sony's move out of CD manufacturing is just the latest example of major music com ...

  20. Home Movie Spending Holds in 2010

    January 06, 2011 12:00 AM EST U.S. consumer spending on home entertainment dropped 3% in 2010, according to numbers released by movie business trade group Digital Entertainment Group . Revenue spent on packaged and digitally delivery movies was estimated to be $18.8 billion, j ...

  21. Value Vs. Price: Analysis From NPD's Russ Crupnick

    October 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT More than ten million people stop buying music each year, Russ Crupnick told the Leadership Music Digital Summit last week, and two-thirds of non-digital buyers don’t have any interest in buying digital. They simply wanted good value in music and ...

  22. Business Matters: Live Nation, Cassette Comeback, RIAA and more

    August 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT LIVE NATION LOSS EXPECTED -- Analysts expect Live Nation to report a loss of $0.11 on revenue of $1.4 billion. The company releases its second-quarter earnings on August 6. ( SmarTrend ) HOW WILL 2010's TOURING SEASON BE DIFFERENT NEXT YEAR? ...

  23. Regency Media Acquires Aussie Music Group Shock

    August 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Australian independent music company Shock has a new owner. Regency Media, one of the country's largest independent manufacturers and distributors of CDs and DVDs, has acquired the assets of Shock. Financial details were not disclosed. Melbou ...

  24. U.K. Labels Target 'Physical Fanatics,' Aim To Boost Digital

    May 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The demise of the physical CD and vinyl formats in the digital age has been well and truly exaggerated, at least in the United Kingdom, said speakers at the Music Tank debate in London. Called 'Never Mind the Box Set: The Album Post-iTunes,&# ...

  25. Australian Indie Rubber Halts CD Releases

    April 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Australian indie label Rubber Records is shelving its CDs for good. The Melbourne-based label, which in the past has released albums by the likes of Jet, 1200 Techniques, Underground Lovers and the Casanovas, will no longer sell CDs in traditional ...

  26. Analysis: The Paradox of the CD

    January 07, 2010 12:00 AM EST The CD is the record industry's biggest problem and, yet, its biggest source of revenue - and it took another big hit in 2009. The format's sales dropped 17.9% from 2008. That's a predictable figure considering the previous two year ...

  27. Michael Jackson Doc Gets DVD Release Date

    November 30, 2009 12:00 AM EST Sony's Michael Jackson documentary "This Is It" has been set for release on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on Jan. 26. "This Is It" has rung up $71 million in domestic boxoffice since bowing in theaters Oct. 28, and the studio' ...

  28. Analysis: Vinyl, Digital Sales Hit New High Marks

    November 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST Vinyl and single track download sales set new records last week, according to data from Nielsen SoundScan. The two events represent very different trends that were born from the rising popularity of digital music. As of November 8, four artists br ...

  29. Analysis: Will Digital Catch The CD By 2010?

    August 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Will digital sales almost equal CD sales by the end of 2010 as predicted by NPD Group's Russ Crupnick? It will be close, but it probably will not happen in 2010. Digital would have to experience a much higher growth rate to match a reasonably ...

  30. Opinion: On-Demand CDs Still Problematic

    June 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The new Cheap Trick album, "The Latest" , is current available at Amazon.com through the company's on-demand CD manufacturing as a one-month exclusive from the release date , but on-demand CDs are both the new wave and a failed expe ...

  31. Recession, Not Web, Is Why DVD Sales Are Off

    May 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT It's mostly bad news, but there's a silver lining for DVD retailers: The recession, not the spread of digital video distribution, is what's driving notable declines in disc purchasing. Those are among key findings of a recent consum ...

  32. Scientists Create Discs Capable Of Holding 2,000 DVDs

    May 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A team of Australian scientists has developed a new data storage technology that can apparently hold the equivalent of 2,000 DVDs on a single disc, and could be on the market within a decade. The researchers, from Melbourne's Swinburne Univer ...

  33. Japan's Columbia Builds On-Demand CD Service

    April 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The on-demand CD printing service by Columbia Music Entertainment, Japan's oldest record label, is picking up steam. The service allows customers to order long out-of-print titles and receive them with new packaging, images and information. H ...

  34. NAB Offers Analysis Of Int'l Law In Royalties Dispute

    March 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Coinciding with what's expected to be explosive Capitol Hill testimony over the Performance Rights Act (H.R. 848) before the House Judiciary Committee today (March 10), the NAB has released a study that it says refutes the RIAA's claims ...

  35. DVD, CD Retailers Still See A 'Shiny Disc World'

    February 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST Home entertainment retailers on Wednesday concluded a two-day pep rally staged to buck up sector spirits amid the challenging economic times. But in a sign of the times, participants in the Future of Packaged Media confab first had to reassure att ...

  36. Blu-ray Lights Up U.K. DVD Sales

    January 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST Demand for the high-definition Blu-ray format drove U.K. DVD volumes up in 2008, according to new figures from trade body the British Video Association. Total DVD sales rose 1.9% year-on-year to 252.9 million units. That included 3.7 million Blu-r ...

  37. Canadian Copyright Board Raises Tax

    December 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Canadian Copyright Board has announced it will raise the tax on blank compact discs to 29¢ (US$0.23), a 38% increase. Previously the tariff on blank recordable CDs was 21¢ (US$0.1679). The tariff is collected on behalf of the Canadian Private ...

  38. German Vinyl Sales Slide

    December 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST Vinyl record distributors are reporting declines of up to 60% in sales, a trend which is affecting dance music labels behind vinyl releases of house, techno and hip-hop. More and more DJs are using MP3s in their work rather than expensive vinyl re ...

  39. Blu-ray Subjected To Japanese Copy Levy

    June 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Japanese government has added Blu-ray Discs and Blu-ray Disc recorders to the list of products subject to private-copying levies. But copyright groups such as JASRAC and the RIAJ have expressed concern over the future of the copying-levy syste ...

  40. Spain Ignites 'Digital Canon'

    June 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Spanish consumers will from July 1 pay a special anti-piracy tax on all new gadgets capable of recording, copying or storing sound and images. The tax, known as the "digital canon", arrives 18 months after its scheduled date following so ...

  41. Australia's Shock Restructures

    May 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Shock Entertainment, one of Australia's largest independent music and DVD companies, has merged its promo, marketing and online/digital departments. The 12 staffers in these divisions are now part of a new entity called the Media Department. ...

  42. Japan Ponders "iPod Tax"

    May 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Japan may introduce a private copying levy on sales of portable digital music players and digital hard-disc recorders, according to media reports. The government's Cultural Affairs Agency will this week propose introduction of such a levy, wh ...

  43. NARM Panel Discusses CD Revitalization

    May 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT At a late afternoon NARM session today (May 5), researchers from the NPD Group presented focus group feedback on ways to make the CD more appetizing to consumers. But the panel failed to address the larger issue: In an era where 80% of teens downl ...

  44. WMI, Odyssey Strike Ukraine Pact

    April 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music International has struck an exclusive licensing agreement with Odyssey that will see the Ukrainian distributor import, manufacture and distribute the music major's CD and DVD product. Through the agreement, effective from today, ...

  45. Report: Videogame Spending Tripled Last Year

    March 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT It's a good time to be in the videogame business. While spending on music fell 10% in 2007, according to new data from the NPD Group, videogame spending tripled in the same period, and DVD sales were largely flat. Retail sales of videogames j ...

  46. Universal Music Canada Cuts 19 Jobs

    January 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Canada announced 19 job cuts last Friday (Jan. 11), as well as the departure of senior executives, as the company attempts to cope with sagging compact disc sales in the Canadian market. The job cuts were from administrative positi ...

  47. Toshiba Defiant After HD DVD Setback

    January 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST Toshiba Corp. executives had a tough moment Sunday, when they had to face reporters just two days after its HD DVD movie disc format was dealt a potentially fatal blow by the defection of Warner Bros. Entertainment to a rival technology. "It& ...

  48. Warner Home Video Drops HD DVD Support

    January 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Warner Home Video on Friday announced it is casting its lot exclusively with the Blu-ray Disc format, leaving rival HD DVD with just two studios. The move, which had been both widely expected and publicly denied, comes on the eve of the Consumer E ...

  49. Spanish Parliament OKs 'Digital Canon'

    December 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST The Spanish music industry received a belated $46 million Christmas present on Thursday when Parliament approved a new digital tax in its last full session before the general elections on March 9. The so-called "digital canon" will apply ...

  50. Vinyl Gets Vital: A Classic Format Makes A Comeback

    November 17, 2007 12:00 AM EST On a humid Friday night in October, three 19-year-olds crowd into a small New York University dorm room to listen to music. The room is typical: battered posters of Joy Division and Harry Nilsson taped to the walls, an unmade bed, no signs of food ...

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