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iTunes Beats All with 69% Digital Market Share

Two things: One, Digital sales of music is up 15% over last year; Two, iTunes is killing everyone out there, including Walmart, Target, Best Buy and Amazon. According to The NPD Group, “Apple iTunes leads in the U.S. with 25 percent of music units (digital or otherwise) sold, which is up from 21 percent in … Continue reading iTunes Beats All with 69% Digital Market Share

Apple, Labels try to resuscitate the album

According to the Financial Times, Apple is working with EMI, Sony Music, Warner Music and Universal Music Group “to stimulate digital sales of albums by bundling a new interactive booklet, sleeve notes and other interactive features with music downloads…” Consumers would be able to play songs directly from the interactive book without clicking back into … Continue reading Apple, Labels try to resuscitate the album

iTunes Shocker: Raising Price Decreases Sales

Billboard takes a look at the iTunes sales charts and determines that “the increases have hurt the sales rankings of songs given the higher $1.29 price.” Once sales fall more than 23.3%, the label starts losing more money than they would’ve made had they left the price at 99 cents. The average $1.29 song dropped … Continue reading iTunes Shocker: Raising Price Decreases Sales

iTunes: Why Pay More!

We first mentioned this back in January, but now the L.A. Times puts a date on it: Hottest tracks to cost $1.29 at iTunes starting April 7. The world’s largest music store, Apple’s iTunes, plans to boost the price of many hit singles and selected classic tracks to $1.29 on April 7, breaking the psychological … Continue reading iTunes: Why Pay More!

Apple ditches DRM, adds tiered pricing

Apple, labels both win with DRM-free iTunes, tiered pricing: Today, Apple promised that by the end of this quarter, all 10 million iTunes songs will be DRM-free, and released at the higher-quality 256 kbps iTunes Plus bitrate. This policy change applies across the board to all four major music labels (Universal Music Group, Sony BMG, … Continue reading Apple ditches DRM, adds tiered pricing

Play Christmas songs with Weezer on your iPhone

As if Weezer fans need to get any nerdier. Weezer and the programmers of popular iPhone application Tap Tap Revenge have teamed up to create “Christmas With Weezer” featuring six Christmas classics recorded exclusively for the game (“Oh Come All Ye Faithful”, “First Noel”, “Hark The Herald Angel Sings”, “O Holy Night”, “Silent Night”, “We … Continue reading Play Christmas songs with Weezer on your iPhone

Beatles on iTunes: We Can (Not) Work It Out

Billboard reports that Beatles iTunes Negotiations have stalled. Quoting Paul McCartney, it appears as though the problem is between the Beatles and their label, EMI—not between them and Steve Jobs. Paul: “We are very for it, we’ve been pushing it. But there are a couple of sticking points, I understand. So the last word I … Continue reading Beatles on iTunes: We Can (Not) Work It Out