Apple iTunes Store Accounts For 63% Of Music Downloads In The US

appleAccording to a recent NPD “Annual Music Study 2012,” Apple Inc’s iTunes store, which turns 10 years old on April 28, was still dominant with 63 per cent of the market in the fourth quarter of 2012. This is followed by AmazonMP3 that accounted for 22 per cent of the market for music downloads in the United States in Q4 2012.

The research found that  Amazon.com Inc has grabbed more than a fifth of the market for digital music downloads, helped by the launch of its own tablet computers and aggressive pricing.

“Amazon’s entry into tablets probably helped,” said Russ Crupnick, senior vice president, industry analysis, at NPD Group.  Amazon launched its own tablet, the Kindle Fire, in 2011, and last year the company rolled out larger versions of the device to compete more with Apple’s iPad.

According to the report, 44 million Americans bought at least one song track or album download last year. That number has remained relatively stable over the past three years, despite the rapid growth of Pandora and other music-streaming options. NPD estimates that average per-buyer spending on music downloads increased 6 percent, year over year, due largely to increases in music purchasing by teens, along with an increase in the number of consumers purchasing both single song tracks and full albums.

Russ Crupnick, senior vice president of industry analysis at NPD said,”Since the launch of Apple’s iTunes store, digital music downloads have become the dominant revenue source for the recorded music industry and iTunes continues to be the dominant retailer.There’s a belief that consumers don’t need to buy music because of streaming options, when in fact streamers are much more likely than the average consumer to buy music downloads.”

Around 38 percent of the respondents, said that it is still important to own music, and 30 percent believed that listening to albums is important. Among consumers who listened to music on Pandora and other free music-streaming services, 41 percent reported that owning music was important to them; in fact, many free streamers attributed buying more downloads to their discovery on a radio or via an on-demand service.

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Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns Video Content Gathers over One Lakh Free Downloads on Mobango Apps Store

mobangoDirector Tigmanshu Dhulia’s Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster Returns (SBGR) video songs Jugni and Media Se together gathered more than 1 lakh free downloads within 10 days on Mobango, world’s largest independent apps stores. Times Music, the content owner, aligned with Mobango to provide the film’s music content to its users and expanding its reach. The film released last month and the music videos have set a record on the apps store of being in the  Most viewed Bollywood content within the first week of its addition on the platform.

Co-producer of the film, Nitin Tej Ahuja, exclaimed, It’s great to see such great response to the content of the film SBGR across the world. Everyone associated with the film has worked hard and are excited to see the soaring popularity of the film. Mobango’s platform has only added to this popularity bringing quality content to the fans.

The SBGR franchise content has been well-received across various mediums. Partnering with Mobango, an apps store, the content has seen high mobile penetration through the platform’s users and helped promote the film’s music content further adding to the already increasing YouTube viewership.

Mandar Thakur, COO, Times Music India stated, Being a global apps store, Mobango was an ideal partner as an additional platform to further promote the film’s music content and reach a different set of audiences. We are glad to partner with Mobango and see penetration outside the traditional electronic media outlets

Mobango is one of the largest cross platform application stores in the world driving more than 1 million downloads a day. The Mobango community has nearly 8 million registered users, and over 1.5 million pieces of content, fully optimized for over 2,000 phones. Mobango serves customers in over 150 countries who download millions of Mobango apps, games & content on their mobile phones.

We are excited to partner with Times Music & see massive downloads for their content, Saheb, Biwi Aur Ganster Returns, said Hari Nair, Head  Sales & Operations, Mauj Mobile & Mobango. Bollywood content is consumed not only in India but across the world. Mobango’s distribution capabilities expand geographies and besides India, the NRI community is huge part of our online platform. We are confident that Bollywood content, be it pre-release of trailers, videos or music, will enjoy high popularity amongst our users, and most importantly help the digital marketing agenda for film producers and music companies

Via : Business Wire India

Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns Video Content Gathers over One Lakh Free Downloads on Mobango Apps Store

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, Thursday, April 04, 2013 (Business Wire India)

�Jugni� and �Media Se� music videos gathered momentum in a span of 10 days on Mobango, world�s largest independent app store

Director Tigmanshu Dhulia�s �Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster Returns� (SBGR) video songs �Jugni� and �Media Se� together gathered more than 1 lakh free downloads within 10 days on Mobango, world�s largest independent apps stores. Times Music, the content owner, aligned with Mobango to provide the film�s music content to its users and expanding its reach. The film released last month and the music videos have set a record on the apps store of being in the �Most viewed� Bollywood content within the first week of its addition on the platform.

Co-producer of the film, Nitin Tej Ahuja, exclaimed, �It�s great to see such great response to the content of the film SBGR across the world. Everyone associated with the film has worked hard and are excited to see the soaring popularity of the film. Mobango�s platform has only added to this popularity bringing quality content to the fans.�

The SBGR franchise content has been well-received across various mediums. Partnering with Mobango, an apps store, the content has seen high mobile penetration through the platform�s users and helped promote the film�s music content further adding to the already increasing YouTube viewership.

Mandar Thakur, COO, Times Music India stated, �Being a global apps store, Mobango was an ideal partner as an additional platform to further promote the film�s music content and reach a different set of audiences. We are glad to partner with Mobango and see penetration outside the traditional electronic media outlets

Mobango is one of the largest cross platform application stores in the world driving more than 1 million downloads a day. The Mobango community has nearly 8 million registered users, and over 1.5 million pieces of content, fully optimized for over 2,000 phones. Mobango serves customers in over 150 countries who download millions of Mobango apps, games & content on their mobile phones.

�We are excited to partner with Times Music & see massive downloads for their content, Saheb, Biwi Aur Ganster Returns�, said Hari Nair, Head � Sales & Operations, Mauj Mobile & Mobango. �Bollywood content is consumed not only in India but across the world. Mobango�s distribution capabilities expand geographies and besides India, the NRI community is huge part of our online platform. We are confident that Bollywood content, be it pre-release of trailers, videos or music, will enjoy high popularity amongst our users, and most importantly help the digital marketing agenda for film producers and music companies�

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Saavn Launches Subscription Based Service Saavn Pro

saavnOnline music streaming service Saavn has rolled out Saavn Pro, with a version 2.0 update for its iOS app. This paid subscription option is priced at $3.99 or Rs. 220 per month  and the company  is also offering a 30-day free trial to users.

Saavn Pro offers users a 100% ad-free experience as well as the ability to listen to music offline. It will enable users to sync saved music between different devices using 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity. the service will keep a cache of music and makes it available offline when the user hits the cloud icon next to any song or playlist. With Saavn Radio, users can pick any song or artist of their choice and just start listening.

Saavn has also updated its UI, in addition to performance updates and easier sharing and management of music.

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IMImobile powers ‘The Kleek’ – Universal Music Group’s pioneering Music Service for Africa

imimobileMobile services provider IMImobile has announced that it powers the Kleek, a new pioneering pan-African mobile music streaming service from Universal Music Group. The Kleek was officially launched on Wednesday, 13th March at the Samsung Africa Forum in Cape Town, accompanied by a live performance from acclaimed singer-songwriter Zahara.

The Kleek is a mobile music service specifically designed and built for Africa and offers music lovers a catalogue of artists, tracks, genre and celebrity playlists, exclusive album previews, artist diaries, charts and other content. Universal Music Group has partnered with Samsung Electronics Africa, who will be the exclusive smartphone partner for the Kleek for the first two years.

IMImobile developed the Kleek app, which has been especially optimised for Samsung smartphones. Powered by the DaVinci Evolved Service Platform, the application delivers a tailored music experience and includes both local and international music content that will allow artists to reach a wider pan-African audience.

Commenting on this, Jay Patel, Chief Executive Officer, IMImobile said,”We are pleased that Universal Music Group chose IMImobile to develop the Kleek proposition. Our robust and scalable technology, as well as proven experience in delivering solutions in Africa, provide a platform from which we believe we can deliver the best experience to music fans in Africa.”

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Vuclip Acquires Mobile Video Streaming Company Jigsee

vuclipMobile video and media company Vuclip has acquired the core assets of Jigsee, a mobile video streaming company, for an undisclosed sum.

Vuclip aims to provide mobile video for consumers worldwide, regardless of device type or network quality, and by extension, deliver value to strategic business partners such as content providers, advertisers and carriers. According to Vuclip, this acquisition will bring it considerable mobile app development talent, as well as additional proprietary video streaming technologies. Consumers will now benefit from more ways to discover and experience mobile video content. Vuclip plans to offer new apps to complement its browser strategy, particularly in India, the Middle East and South East Asia.

“Jigsee saw the same huge opportunity that we did. Consumers in emerging markets are more often than not using low-cost smartphones, such as the Asha Series from Nokia or Android devices from Samsung, on constrained networks. This is a huge audience for the mobile ecosystem to reach — but requires creative problem-solving to ensure a quality user experience,” said Nickhil Jakatdar, CEO of Vuclip. “Vuclip tackles this problem with unique technology innovation on the browser side, while Jigsee approached it primarily with an application-based approach. The combination of these two will now deliver optimal value to consumers — on both feature phones and low-cost smartphones — as well as business partners in a way that no one else has done before and will accelerate our reach into new markets.”

Jigsee was founded in Canada by former DoubleClick and Nortel employees, and funded by Sequoia Capital and the Indian Angel Network. Jigsee launched its first consumer application in August 2011 and has received more than 10 million downloads to date.

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Gaana.com Ties Up With SIMCA For Access to Regional Music

gaanaMusic streaming service Gaana.com has tied up with SIMCA ( South Indian Music Companies Association) to gain access to over 55,000 regional songs covering the best of Film, Carnatic and popular devotional music from Tamil, Kannada, Telugu and Malayalam.

Commenting on the tie-up Avinash Mudaliar, Head of Gaana.com, said “Gaana is constantly expanding its catalog of music, and our association with SIMCA demonstrates our increased commitment to expand into the regional markets, particularly South India. We’ve seen that nearly 28% of consumption on our website and new mobile apps comes from South India, and we hope to serve our users there better.”

Shruthilaya Music, Melody Music, Star Audio, Amudham Music, Satyam Audio, 5 Star Audio, Millenium Audio, Symphony Recording Company and 90 other labels are coming on board through this deal. Gaana.com aims to cater to young and old audiences alike, offering some of the best old classics of artists like Illayaraja, S P Balasubramanyam, K J Yesudas, Chitra and M S Subbulakshmi, and the new film songs as well.

Besides SIMCA, Gaana.com has also partnered with INRECO and Magnasound, two labels with significant regional music catalogues. Gaana has seen nearly 400,000 downloads within the first 3-4 weeks of the launch of its mobile apps.

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Saavn announces Saavn Pro, a premium social music service for India’s billion-size market

With new subscription product, Saavn users now have access to offline and ad-free music listening

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Saavn, the global music service offering Indian and English-language content, announced today the details of their much-anticipated Saavn Pro launch. The new subscription product, available in the Apple App Store starting March 1, will bring offline and ad-free music to the Indian market, as well as significant user bases in the US, UK, and other major markets. The majority of Saavn’s catalog of approximately 1.1 million tracks will be available on Saavn Pro.

Saavn Pro is the first premium music product to launch in India, where the majority of Saavn’s audience is listening on mobile. 10,000 people have already signed up in the first 48 hours of early-interest registration via pro.saavn.com

“We’ve always focused on building the best music products in the world. In listening to our loyal users, we’ve found that offline music access is the number one feature people are asking for. We are delighted to launch Saavn Pro and it’s an important milestone for the company and the industry,” Rishi Malhotra, president and co-founder of Saavn, said. “People have been taking their music offline for years, but it’s never been this easy and natural. We’ve built a premium music product that’s really a joy to use.”

To save music for offline listening  (or caching), users simply hit the cloud icon next to any song or playlist.  Following a 30-day free trial, users can subscribe to Saavn Pro for $3.99 per month directly through their Apple ID.

Unlike many subscription services, users can opt-in to Saavn Pro directly on their mobile devices, rather than having to register for the premium service on the web first. The company will be launching the Saavn Pro platform on iOS first, with Android and feature phone premium services to follow.

Additional Saavn Pro Features:

– Offline Listening: Available on up to 5 devices per account.

– Ad-Free Listening: Music streams with no interruptions from advertising. When logged in with your premium account, ads are removed on all platforms, including Saavn.com.

– Sync Over Cellular: You can choose whether to use WiFi or your cellular data connection to cache your music for offline listening.

–  Pro Audio: Access to the highest quality music (320 kbps) will be added to the product in the coming weeks.

Saavn Pro will be available for iPhone starting March 1. Users can register ahead of the release date, as well as watch a video of Saavn Pro in action, at http://pro.saavn.com/.

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Gupshup Launches Mobile Messenger App on Android, IOS,Blackberry & NOKIA S40

GupshupGupshup Technology India  yesterday launched a mobile messaging app, called GupShup Messenger, for smartphone platforms –Android, IOS, Blackberry  and feature phones – NOKIA S40. It uses data services in smartphones to send messages and works like normal SMS service in Java based phones. The company is currently working on enabling the rich media features like pictures and video messaging like Whatsapp.

Interestingly, if the message recipient does not have the app installed in his phone, GupShup will deliver the message to him free in the form of a regular SMS.

“Emerging markets such as India and Indonesia have numerous feature-phone users even as smartphone adoption is growing. Services like GupShup that integrate data and SMS, are well suited to the needs of emerging markets”, said Beerud Sheth, co-founder and chief executive officer of GupShup.

GupShup Messenger includes features like public and private messaging in which users can seamlessly switch and easily share messages with followers and friends respectively.

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The public messaging feature enables users to follow any of GupShup’s numerous communities or post messages to their own. The private messaging feature makes the whole address book active and reachable, unlike other messenger apps that can only reach users that have also downloaded the same app. Also, the app includes a rich collection of emoticons that allows users to express themselves in personalized ways.

Download the app here : Android, IOS, Blackberry

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iTunes Store Sets New Record with 25 Billion Songs Sold

itunes-storeApple today announced that music fans have purchased and downloaded more than 25 billion songs from the iTunes Store, the world’s most popular online music, TV and movie store. The 25 billionth song, “Monkey Drums” (Goksel Vancin Remix) by Chase Buch, was purchased by Phillip Lüpke from Germany. As the downloader of the 25 billionth song, Phillip will receive a €10,000 iTunes Gift Card.

“We are grateful to our users whose passion for music over the past 10 years has made iTunes the number one music retailer in the world,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “Averaging over 15,000 songs downloaded per minute, the iTunes Store connects music fans with their favorite artists, including global sensations like Adele and Coldplay and new artists like The Lumineers, on a scale we never imagined possible.”

“In a lot of ways, iTunes has leveled the playing field for musicians. Whether you’re unsigned, indie, major, whatever—it’s the place most people go to buy digital music,” said Wesley Schultz, guitarist and lead vocalist of The Lumineers. “iTunes doesn’t exclude any musicians simply because they’re not yet established or popular.”

The iTunes Store is the world’s most popular music store with a catalog of over 26 million songs and over 25 billion songs downloaded, and is available in 119 countries. The iTunes Store is the best way for iPhone®, iPad®, iPod®, Mac® and PC users to legally discover, purchase and download music online. All music on the iTunes Store comes in iTunes Plus®, Apple’s DRM-free format with high-quality 256 kbps AAC encoding for audio virtually indistinguishable from the original recordings. iTunes in the Cloud lets you download your previously purchased iTunes music to your devices at no additional cost, and new music purchases can be downloaded automatically to your iOS devices.

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Yamgo Partners With Zee Network To Air Zee Cafe

yamgoMobile TV network Yamgo has partnered with Zee Network to air its TV channel Zee Café. Under this partnership, Zee Network will showcase the popular shows from General Entertainment Channel Zee Café on Yamgo’s multi-device distribution platform, which delivers TV to all IP enabled devices with a product line-up ranging from smartphone apps and desktop websites to Facebook applications and other social media outlets.

Ian Mullins the founder and CEO of Yamgo TV stated, “Zee Café is the latest in a great line up of Asian Entertainment channels available on Yamgo. Zee Network is widely respected and as a company we are looking forward to working on this new project and making Zee Café a great success with new viewers. The new Yamgo Facebook app means that viewers can easily access and watch channels like Zee Café, directly on the social network. Using the Open Graph features, viewers can easily share what they’re watching with friends – turning our viewers into brand advocates for both Yamgo and the channel they’re watching.”

Zee Café is the second Zee Network channel that Yamgo has signed from Zee Europe. In 2012 Yamgo signed ZEE’s Lifestyle channel Zing, which has seen massive success on the platform. Zee Café will build on this success by now showcasing General Entertainment programming, including Drama Series, Reality shows, movies and more.

Having recently launched a Facebook application, Facebook users can now watch Yamgo TV without ever having to leave the social network website. This technical development means that the channels available on Yamgo, including Zee Café, are now some of the first TV channels to ever become available for viewing in an entirely social experience.

Zee Café is available to watch on Yamgo at www.yamgo.com or smartphone users can download the Yamgo mobile application from Google Play or iTunes.

Founded in 2005 by Ian Mullins, an expert in mobile TV technology and publishing, Yamgo is a mobile TV network that delivers live television and video clips to mobile phones worldwide.

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