95% of All Digital Music Downloads are Still Illegal

It has been reported that 95% of all digitial music downloads are illegal. The Digital Music Report stated that people are buying more music, but the damage caused by piracy will cost until 2015 more than a million creative jobs.

Australia Music Sales in Heavy Decline Across the Board

It seems like the music industry in Australia is in complete free fall. The Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) has reported that recording sales dropped 13.9 percent in 2010 by value (complete PDF here). Physical unit sales tanked by 19.5 percent.

EMI Think Apple Has Too Much Control in the Music Industry

UK major label EMI this week railed against Apple’s iTunes in the body of its latest annual financial statement. EMI are unanimous in their praise for Apple’s achievements in online music sales, but resent the huge slice of the music sales market the company has carved out.

IFPI – New Research On Music Buying Habits

Another new survey conducted in the EU argues that music sharers buy less music over the course of a year than those who are classified as online or physical only buyers. http://www.ifpi.org/content/library/Jupiter_Research_study_on_online_piracy.pdf Oddly iPod owners aren’t…

UK Digital Music Market Trends

The UK has seen record levels of digital sales in 2009, with 10 trading weeks and the Christmas period still to come. 117 million singles have been sold so far, with 98.6% of these sales…

Digital Music Store Focus – Recordstore.co.uk

London based company Digital Stores Limited has been building online shops for various high profile clients for the best part of a decade (they were incorporated in ’97), and have put up their own record…

Digital Music Store Focus – Napster 2.0 <

Napster originated as a peer-to-peer music service in 1999, one of the first that gained widespread popularity. Unlike modern bit-torrent services it provided a connection between users through a central server, and this direct involvement…

Digital Music Store Focus – iTunes

No prizes for recognizing that logo, this is the biggest music store on the web. The store isn’t available using a normal web browser, only by installing Apple’s proprietory iTunes software, relentlessly updated to include…

Digital Music Store Focus – Insound

Insound is a minor player with a lot of heart involved in its operation. They essentially act as a blog and record label, picking up and supporting new acts that are to their taste, promoting…

Digital Music Store Focus – iMesh

iMesh is a peer-to-peer platform that has survived the legal harrow of the recording industry. The RIAA brought a copyright infringement case against them, which they settled out of court, and after which they changed…