Russ Crupnick

  1. PwC Music Report Stresses Strength of Live Biz, Fate of Downloads Still Hazy

    June 03, 2014 7:01 PM EDT The U.S. live music market is universally expected to grow in the coming years. There's more uncertainty, and disagreement, on the future course of country's music download market.   The big picture offers good news. The total U.S. mu ...

  2. Does Streaming Cannibalize Albums?

    December 14, 2012 7:25 AM EST (Illustration by Jan Feindt) Meet Michael Acton. In many ways, he represents the past, present and future of the music business. As a teen growing up in Buckinghamshire, England, in the 1980s, Acton trawled record stores for vinyl. In his 20s, he ...

  3. Rhapsody Adopts Music App Strategy, Partners With Echo Nest

    November 15, 2012 12:41 PM EST The Echo Nest today announced on its blog a partnership with Rhapsody in which the two companies will create APIs to make it easier than ever for developers to build music apps. The news follows a story (below) published in this week's Billbo ...

  4. Business Matters: How Spotify's First Year Compares to Pandora, Vevo, YouTube and Others

    July 23, 2012 8:42 PM EDT How Does Spotify's First Year Stack Up? -- Spotify's tenure in the U.S. has reached one year. Is the performance good, bad or mediocre? See how the service compares to other segments and players in digital music. In honor of its one-year ...

  5. Guest Post: Jay Frank on NPR's Emily White Vs. David Lowery: Is Stealing Music Really The Problem?

    June 21, 2012 9:30 AM EDT This guest post by Jay Frank originally appeared on his website FutureHitDNA.com . Frank is the owner and CEO of DigSin and the author of "Futurehit.DNA" and "Hack Your Hit." He was formerly the Senior VP of Music Strategy for ...

  6. Tech Types Tackle TV-Music Tie-Ins at NARM

    May 10, 2012 7:40 AM EDT Turning living rooms into virtual record stores guided by television shows and ads is just a few technological clicks away from becoming a reality. How to get there -- and who needs to play role in that development -- was the subject of a presenta ...

  7. Business Matters: NARM Embraces Big Data -- Will Big Data Reciprocate?

    May 08, 2012 9:29 PM EDT NARM Embraces Big Data -- Will Big Data Reciprocate? -- Big Data invaded the NARM conference on Tuesday afternoon. Terms like "KPI" (key performance indicators) and "regression analysis" popped up in a setting more used to disc ...

  8. Business Matters: Social Media Isn't All That - But You Still Want It

    April 26, 2012 4:30 PM EDT Social Media Is Ubiquitous, But Overhyped Social media is a tough nut to crack. Its benefit is hard to measure but it's become a focal point in sales and marketing efforts. Market research says it plays a minor role relative to traditional me ...

  9. Business Matters: Twitter Not A Common Activity After Music Discovery

    November 11, 2011 7:47 PM EST Twitter Not A Common Activity After Music Discovery -- Twitter gets tens of millions of U.S. visitors each month -- 32.3 million in September, according to comScore -- but not many of them are following up on a new artist or song they just discove ...

  10. Business Matters: Music Discovery Abounds, Conversion Needs Improvement: Study

    November 10, 2011 7:00 PM EST Music Discovery Abounds, Conversion Needs Improvement: Study -- Music discovery is alive and well, according to a new NPD Group/NARM study released Thursday. But there are some concerns that digital platforms too easily provide free content withou ...

  11. Business Matters: New Netflix Strategy Shows Demand for Physical Formats Still Alive

    July 13, 2011 5:20 PM EDT Let's Get Physical, Physical, Says Netflix -- For insight into the state of the CD, look to a recent decision by Netflix to unbundle its streaming and DVD rental plans . The 1% gain in U.S. album sales in the first half of 2011 has brought up ...

  12. NPD: Mobile Music Usage Up, But Paid Services Still Lagging

    May 25, 2011 1:40 PM EDT The smartphone craze is having a notable, and positive, affect on mobile music usage, according to a new report from the NPD Group. According to the company's research, the number of active mobile music listeners increased by 9 million in the ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. What You Missed @Leadership Music Digital Summit Day 1

    September 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Experiments with digital products and business models may not have produced many winners, but it was clear from the discussions at the first day of the Leadership Music Digital Summit, that some people felt progress has been made. The event began ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. NPD Group: U.S. Record Industry Lost 24 Million Customers Over Two Years

    February 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST The NPD Group says 24 million fewer people bought music in 2009 compared to 2007. At the Digital Music Forum in New York on Wednesday, The NPD Group’s Russ Crupnick presented some insightful data on U.S. music purchases from 2007 to 2009. The pres ...

  18. Analysis: Recorded Music Revenue In Catch-22

    October 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Recorded music is caught in a catch-22. As products have become more innovative, revenue declines. Streaming services offer legal alternatives to piracy. Downloads offer an inexpensive way to enjoy digital music. Track prices top out at an afforda ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. NARM Coverage: Are Digital Music Service Discouraging Music Sales?

    April 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT NPD analyst Russ Crupnick presented the results of a new focus group to NARM attendees that suggests various digital music service may actually be discouraging music sales. "Consumers are a little bit overwhelmed, and it's starting to in ...

  27. NARM News: Warning From Top Research Firm

    August 04, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Physical goods buisness, kiosks and more. Retailers must look to a mix of new product innovations and more aggressive consumer marketing strategies to counteract a slumping physical goods business, according to a new study from research firm NPD. ...