2014 was another bad year for music sales

Remember iTunes? Digital music downloads may not be dead yet, but the format is quickly following the CD in its decline. New numbers from Nielsen show that digital album sales in the U.S. declined by 9 percent in 2014, to 106.5 million, down from 117.6 in 2013. Including CDs, album sales even fell 11 percent. Digital song sales are also down 11 percent, with iTunes & Co. selling 1.1 billion tracks, down from 1.26 billion in 2013. But there’s also good news for the music biz: On-demand streaming was up 54 percent over 2013, with 164 billion songs streamed throughout the year.

Nielsen to measure Twitter chatter about TV shows

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/07/business/media/nielsen-to-measure-twitter-chatter-about-tv.html

Execs are talking about measuring tweet volume and the reach of those tweets, but isn’t the real value in figuring out what people think? It’s not worth touting that 200,000 people tweeted and 4 million people saw those tweets if the overall sentiment is that the show sucks. But given the history of shows such as “Arrested Development,” 20,000 of the right people tweeting about how great something is might be worth noting even if ratings aren’t high.

Why Apple needs iTunes Radio

Halfway through this year, digital song sales are actually down 2.3 percent: 682.2 million in 2013, versus 698 million a year ago. Meanwhile, digital streams of music are up 24 percent.

Nielsen will roll out tool to track online TV viewing

Nielsen is rolling out a pilot product that lets TV networks track viewing of shows on their websites. The tool doesn’t yet account for viewing on mobile devices, and the pilot doesn’t include viewing on sites like Hulu and YouTube.