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  1. @Leadership Music Digital Summit Day 2: Genuine Optimism

    October 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Has the music industry reached an inflection point? Maybe it was the forward-looking topics of the panels at the Leadership Music Digital Summit. Most likely it was because of the particular group of industry leaders in attendance. In any case, af ...

  2. Analysis: The Numbers Behind An Apple Cloud-Based Service

    July 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT As reported yesterday, the NPD Group estimates that up to eight million people are willing to pay $10 or more per month for an Apple cloud-based music service -- if one actually launches at some point. Here's what makes that number so stagger ...

  3. Google's Android Takes No. 2 Spot From iPhone

    May 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Inc displaced iPhone maker Apple Inc to become the second most popular provider of smartphone software in the United States during the first quarter, the latest sign of the increasing competition in the fast-growing mobile market. But Googl ...

  4. List Of Possible Palm Suitors Grows

    April 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Palm Inc may be scooped up by an Asian company with enough cash and manufacturing muscle to turn around the struggling smartphone maker, but analysts warn a deal could prove too rich for any buyer at current prices. Huawei Technologies Co Ltd beca ...

  5. Analysis: Streaming's Impact On Download Sales

    March 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST What does streaming music do to download sales? It's a question that gets to the heart of the future music industry. Today, downloads are the dominant source of digital revenue, but far more revenue will come from webcasting and on-demand mus ...

  6. Spotify Fires Back

    February 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST The latest debate in digital music is music streaming services’ impact on paid download purchases. In response to new data shared by NPD Group’s Russ Crupnick, Spotify says on-demand music services do not cannibalize music sales. “There is other d ...

  7. The Top Music Stories From CES 2010

    January 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST While a logistical hassle, in some ways holding the Consumer Electronic Show - which ended Sunday (Jan. 10) - at the very beginning of the each year is a fitting time-slot as it allows anyone following the tech space to get a handle on what to exp ...

  8. No Thanksgiving Rest For Retailers In Sales Race

    November 26, 2009 12:00 AM EST Retailers from Wal-Mart Stores to Gap, RadioShack and Walgreens are opening their doors on Thursday as U.S. families celebrate Thanksgiving, aiming to capture early bird shoppers a day before the official start of holiday shopping on Black Friday. ...

  9. Hot Music Game Titles Power September Sales, Revenue

    October 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The music game genre experienced a much-needed lift in September on the backs of new releases “The Beatles: Rock Band” and “Guitar Hero 5.” MTV’s Beatles game, released Sept. 9, won the battle with total unit sales of 595,000, according to the NPD ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. Qtrax To Go Live In the Asia Pacific

    August 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT On the heels of several lawsuits from the vendors it has yet to pay for services, ad-supported music service Qtrax unveiled plans to go live in the Asia Pacific region on Oct. 29, with a U.S and U.K. rollout expected by the end of the year. Specif ...

  12. Business Matters: Albums Not Dead, Hastings Q2, Digital = Green?

    August 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- The dead CD format turns out not to be dead. It’s not a surprise to anybody in the music industry, but you’d have to excuse the general public, for years barraged by CD obituaries from the media (especially tech bloggers), for thinking the CD w ...

  13. Briefs: Spotify, Pandora, CMX, Zune

    August 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Per Sundin, managing director of Universal Music Sweden, told the Swedish Wire that within five months of its launch Spotify had passed iTunes as the company's largest source of digital revenue. It's possible Swedes were nudged in tha ...

  14. Analysis: The Stark Difference Between NPD, AIMS Surveys

    July 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT According to the NPD Group, MySpace Music and Pandora are the most used music- focused social networks and community web sites. A Q1 2009 survey of 4,051 people aged 13 and over asked if the person was aware of the product and if he or she used th ...

  15. Analysis: Conclusions To Draw From Twitter Report

    June 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A recent study by NPD Group on Twitter and music buyers highlights the need for logic in online discussions. Commentators too frequently draw the wrong conclusions from a press release that is carefully worded as to not allow people to draw incorr ...

  16. Report: Twitter Users Buy More Music

    June 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A new NPD Group study finds that active Twitter users buy 77% more digital music downloads on average than non-users. Additionally, 12% of those who have bought music in the last three months also report having used Twitter, versus 8% of overall W ...

  17. Survey: Games Trump Movie Theaters

    May 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The boxoffice is booming. Nevertheless, Americans seem to prefer spending time with video games over a night out at the movies. In the past six months, 53% of U.S. consumers have gone to the movies, but 63% have played a video game, according to r ...

  18. Business Briefs: NPD, Spotify, MySpace, Lala, Rick Ross

    April 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT - An NPD Group study has found U.S. consumers' entertainment spending will remain steady in 2009. Seventy-five percent of respondents said they will either hold steady or increase their spending on digital music, while 65% said the same of CD ...

  19. Criticism, Doubts Over iTunes Price Changes

    April 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Though the online world tends to give Steve Jobs and Apple the benefit of the doubt, there has been an incredible amount of second-guessing about iTunes' decision to allow a three-tiered pricing system. A number of tracks - one third of yeste ...

  20. Business Briefs: Live Nation-Ticketmaster Merger, StubHub, TrueAnthem and More

    April 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- NPD Group found that 87% of U.S. digital music buyers used iTunes in 2008 versus 16% who used Amazon.com's MP3 store . Those figures do not indicate volume of purchases, just the percent of consumers who have purchased music at each store. ...

  21. Labels Bet Flexibility Boosts iTunes Sales

    April 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Apple Inc and major music labels are betting that the launch of three-tier pricing at the iTunes Music Store will boost music sales with a new mix of song-based packages and give consumers more options. Apple will announce its new three-tier price ...

  22. Report: Teen Music Spending, P2P Use Drops

    April 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Teens are buying fewer downloads, using P2P less frequently and listening to more music streams, according to a new report by NPD Group. NPD found that CD purchasing declined by 26% in 2008 while download purchases fell 13%. In contrast, more than ...

  23. Report: 'Rock Band' Passes $1 Billion

    March 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Rock Band franchise has passed $1 billion in retail sales, according to the NPD Group. That includes the combination of the game software and the instrument controllers needed to play it. In addition, MTV says Rock Band owners have purchased m ...

  24. Digital Briefs: Fall Out Boy, No Doubt, Smartphones

    March 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST -Fall Out Boy launched a version of the classic Apple IIe game “Oregon Trail” online, called “Fall Out Boy Trail.” Players have “help the band survive a grueling tour across the country” in the game, which includes several of the band’s songs. -No ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. Game Music Titles Spark Record Sales Year

    February 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST Four major video game franchise titles with music tie-ins sparked a record year for US video and computer game software, representing more than 5% of the total 297.6 million units sold in 2008, according to the NPD Group that tracks sales at retai ...

  27. Digital Briefs: T-Mobile, The Grammys, Guitar Hero, Apple

    January 28, 2009 12:00 AM EST - T-Mobile USA is teaming up with The Recording Academy again this year to help promote the Grammys. The deal includes a contest to bring Sidekick owners to the event as well as T-Mobile's sponsoring of Clive Davis's pre-event Gala. - As ...

  28. IFPI Digital Report Urges Action On Music Piracy

    January 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST The IFPI has estimated that 95% of music downloads are illegal, according to its 2009 Digital Music Report. The estimation is the result of a three-year study in 16 countries, which also indicated more than 40 billion files were illegally file-sha ...

  29. Lloyd Webber Said To Be Prepping Music Video Games

    January 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Group is shopping around several video game titles based on the famed composer's musicals, according to paidcontent.org . Titles thought to be under consideration include "Cats" and "Jos ...

  30. Boom In Music Video Games Helps Original Artists

    December 22, 2008 12:00 AM EST "This song is dedicated to Debbie Harry," flinty-eyed Lisa Hsuan purrs into a microphone on the red-lit stage of Hyperion Tavern. It's a cozy dive where patrons drink Coke and beer from bottles and a fading chandelier dangles overhe ...

  31. Digital Briefs: MixWit, Online Music Demand, mBlox

    December 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST -Online playlist service MixWit is the next to shut down . Without citing specific reasons, the company says it will turn off the website and all profiles on it by Dec. 27. -The NPD Group reports that year-over-year consumer demand for music among ...

  32. Billboard Q&A: 'Rock Band' Frontman/MTV Exec Paul DeGooyer

    December 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST Walk into the MTV store adjacent to the network's Times Square headquarters, and you'll get an immediate sense of what's most important to the venerable music brand these days: "Rock Band 2." There's the game system i ...

  33. Digital Briefs: iPhone, IBM, Ozzy, BitTorrent

    November 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST - The NPD Group released data showing Apple's iPhone 3G is the top-selling mobile phone of third quarter, overtaking the Motorola RAZR, which held the top slot for the last 12 quarters. - A judge presiding over a lawsuit brought by the former ...

  34. Microsoft: Gamers Buying 3.8M Songs Per Month

    October 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In a statement designed to highlight its self-appointed status as the "preferred stage" for music-based games "Guitar Hero" and "Rock Band," Microsoft released data showing gamers, on average, buy 3.8 million songs a ...

  35. Digital Briefs: Best Buy, Last.fm, iTunes

    August 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - BestBuy.com won exclusive rights to stream the final Police concert, being filmed at Madison Square Garden Aug. 7. - Last.fm launches in Japan. - New data from NPD Group has Apple iTunes as the top music retailer in the country, followed by Wal- ...

  36. 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 ...

  37. Analyst: Amazon Music Expanding Digital Market

    April 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT New figures from NPD Group suggest that the Amazon DRM-free digital music service is doing more to grow the overall digital music market as opposed to simply stealing customers from iTunes. The research group says only 10% of Amazon customers had ...

  38. Ilike's Partovi To Keynote Digital Summit

    April 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Ali Partovi, CEO of iLike, an Internet social music discovery service, will keynote the fourth annual Leadership Music Digital Summit on April 22 at Belmont University in Nashville. U.S. Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn; Ted Cohen, managing partner, ...

  39. Digital Summit Line-up Takes Shape

    April 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U.S. Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn; Ted Cohen, managing partner, TAG Strategic; Richard Conlon, VP of marketing and business development, BMI; Russ Crupnick, VP/senior industry analyst, the NPD Group; Ali Partovi, CEO, iLike; Dorrian Porter, foun ...

  40. 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 ...

  41. Mixed Messages On The Digital Biz

    February 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST A pair of analyst reports measuring the digital music space paint a mixed picture for the future of the industry. Looking back at last year, the NPD Group says music fans acquired more music in 2007 over 2006, but paid less for it. Overall, music ...

  42. Digital/Mobile Briefs: Apple, AmieStreet, Lionsgate

    February 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Apple is claiming its iTunes service is now the #2 music retailer in the U.S., behind only Wal-Mart, based on data provided by the NPD Group. The analyst firm's MusicWatch Survey counts one CD representing 12 tracks, and excludes any wirele ...

  43. Report: Kids Using Paid, Pirate Download Sites

    January 30, 2008 12:00 AM EST A new NPD Group report finds that while most teens and tweens are using paid music download services these days, they're also still using pirate sites at a high rate. The research group estimates up to 70% of U.S. kids aged 9 - 14 download mu ...

  44. 'Guitar Hero III' Tallies Huge November Results

    November 19, 2007 12:00 AM EST "Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock" roared out of the gate this month, claiming the title of best-selling game with 1.4 million copies sold across all platforms. According to data from the NPD Group, which tracks sales by console, "H ...

  45. RIAA's 10th Wave of Letters Hits Colleges

    November 15, 2007 12:00 AM EST The RIAA has sent another wave of pre-litigation settlement letters on behalf of major labels to college administrators in connection with illegal music files shared over the university computer networks. The 417 letters went to 16 universities. A ...

  46. RIAA Sends New Wave Of Pre-Litigation Letters

    October 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The ninth wave of pre-litigation letters has been sent by the RIAA to administrators at 19 universities. The letters are part of the ongoing campaign to offer those using university networks to illegally share music to settle claims before they ar ...

  47. Study: Baby Boomers Key Group For Physical Product

    September 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Baby boomers are now the most important age-group buying CDs, according to a study conducted by the NPD Group, in conjunction with AARP, and on behalf of the National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers. Baby boomers, those born in the period from 19 ...

  48. Report: Gamers Know Little Of Console Extras

    August 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Today's new-generation videogame consoles like the PlayStation3 and Xbox 360 may have some impressive non-gaming entertainment features, but existing owners seem to know little about them according to a new report from NPD Group. The PS3 for ...

  49. Friday Feature: Plugged and Unplugged

    May 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT PLUGGED: NPD Group's Russ Crupnick gave what was probably the most interesting and illuminating presentation at NARM this week, illustrating how the digital availability of music is affecting the music industry. Of all the stats and analysis ...

  50. Mushroom Grows Aussie Interactive Division

    March 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST Australia's Mushroom Group today launched an interactive division, to produce PS3 and Xbox 360 games for the global market. Mushroom Interactive is 50/50 owned by Mushroom chairman Michael Gudinski and Vincent Donato, who also runs and co-own ...

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