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.
Yup, it’s happening: TV viewers are abandoning traditional broadcast and cable networks for online streaming services, and new devices in their living rooms are making it easier for them to cut the cord.
Nielsen announced a new SDK to measure how people watch television from digital sources, including the tablet and smartphone
Kanye West’s “Gone,” an eight-year-old song, hit the BillBoard Hot 100, thanks in part to a viral video hit on YouTube that used it as a soundtrack. That bump in the rankings shows that media ratings and rankings are mere relics of the past.
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.
Do you tweet about TV shows? Then you’re part of Twitter’s plans to become a global social TV advertising powerhouse.
A new report finds that Twitter engagement can help boost TV ratings and vice versa, though it’s not guaranteed.
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.
IBM’s Watson has been helping clinicians diagnose ailments and bankers recommend the right products for customers, and with its latest job it will help brands provide better customer service and reach a wider audience.
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.