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Nielsen SoundScan: Album sales inching up

Research firm says recording industry has halted the skid in U.S. album sales for the first time since 2004.

By July 6, 2011


Amazon to launch auto rip, an effort to sex up CDs

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.

By January 9, 2013


Here's why 2012 music sales don't tell full story

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.

By January 4, 2013


Music retailers cheer first sales increase in 7 years

A 3.2 percent uptick in overall sales may not seem like much, but it's the first glimmer of hope since 2004.

By January 5, 2012


Tower Records to iTunes, NARM seeks revival

Jim Donio has had to wave goodbye to Tower Records and Borders, but can the National Association of Recording Merchandisers help music retailers navigate uncertainty of digital age?

By August 29, 2011


How much has Steve Jobs' Apple bitten you?

As CEO of Apple, Steve Jobs turned the music industry upside down and created one of the world's most valuable companies. Along the way he changed plenty of lives, too.

By August 24, 2011


RIAA's sales numbers: A closer look

The music industry is betting big on cloud music and subscription services, but sales figures indicate that consumers will be a tough sell.

By July 11, 2011


What's driving rise in music sales?

Was it the death of LimeWire, lower prices, Adele's skyrocketing popularity, or Amazon's big discount of Lady Gaga that halted a seven-year decline in album sales?

By July 10, 2011


Buzz Out Loud 1505: Thomas Dolby blinds us with genius (Podcast)

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.

By July 7, 2011


Amazon helps Lady Gaga top 1 million in sales

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.

By June 1, 2011