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Research firm says recording industry has halted the skid in U.S. album sales for the first time since 2004.
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.
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.
A 3.2 percent uptick in overall sales may not seem like much, but it's the first glimmer of hope since 2004.
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?
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.
The music industry is betting big on cloud music and subscription services, but sales figures indicate that consumers will be a tough sell.
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?
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.
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.