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Research firm says recording industry has halted the skid in U.S. album sales for the first time since 2004.
This story initially misattributed the digital market share data to Nielsen SoundScan. The data came from industry sources who requested anonymity, and were based on retail and other market research, including information provided by SoundScan.
The sales numbers that matter most were down but the data being reported doesn't include revenue from subscription or satellite and Web radio, areas that are seeing big growth.
Instead of turning to Nielsen's SoundScan exclusively to track music consumption online, the top recording company signs long-term deal with BigChampagne.
It's the biggest news involving the compact disc in years: Amazon is expected to reward CD buyers by automatically storing the songs in their digital lockers free of charge, sources tell CNET -- and it may do the same for past CD purchases.
On today's show, special guest Thomas Dolby drops in to talk with us about the state of the music industry and digital distribution, his new album, and the amazing sounding MMORPG that goes along with it. We're pretty overwhelmed by his brilliance. But we recover a bit for tech news, like Hulu's 1 million paid users (and imminent death), and whether the Droid Bionic can catch up to the Atrix 4G.
The music industry is betting big on cloud music and subscription services, but sales figures indicate that consumers will be a tough sell.
Tommy Silverman, founder of Tommy Boy Records, says not really. Jeff Price, CEO of TuneCore, says he's using the wrong metrics. Who's right?
Offering the star's new album for just 99 cents a pop last week, Amazon helped Lady Gaga reach a new record in digital sales.
A 3.2 percent uptick in overall sales may not seem like much, but it's the first glimmer of hope since 2004.