Eight out of 10 users prefer iTunes In less than a week, iTunes will be 10 years old and, according to recent research, Apple still rules the digital music downloads roost. According to the latest information from The NPD Group, Apple had a 63% unit share of that market in Q4 last year. The closest follower, AmazonMP3, got 22%. Eight out of 10 digital music buyers downloaded their tracks and albums from Apple’s iTunes store in Q4 2012. And one in three still believe that owning music is important, even with various free streaming services.
Second screeners avoiding specialist apps Surprise statistics: PCs are the most common second screen device, and specialist apps like Viggle and zeebox are not appealing to the majority of TV viewers. According to The NPD Group, second-screening consumers are not widely using those applications designed by broadcasters for specific programs. NPD figures show that 88% US households own at least one device that can be used as a second screen, with 87% of US entertainment consumers reported to be second-screening while watching television. However, of TV viewers who use second-screen devices, only 47% have participated in second-screen activities.
Industry veteran sound re-recording mixer Anna Behlmer (pictured) has joined Technicolor’s new sound post-production operations located on the Paramount Studios lot, and will join Scott Millan and Greg Russell. “It is our intention to provide the best talent in the industry” stated Technicolor Creative Services President, Claude Gagnon. “Anna is joining what is quickly becoming the best theatrical sound team in the industry.”Continue reading »
Social media and gamification continue to play key roles in the world of content delivery when it comes to promoting new titles: Paramount Pictures and Funtactix have announced the launch of Mission: Impossible The Game, which is available to fans on Facebook. The social game is designed to immerse fans in the franchise and upcoming release of the latest in the M:I franchise by offering a range of exclusive items and giveaways.Continue reading »
Hot on the heels of winning in two categories at the PrintWeek awards (see that story here), global print and packaging solutions provider AGI has won the Design Team of the Year category at this year’s UK Packaging Award Ceremony. “Each example was cleverly thought out to mark a special product and client need,” said one judge.Continue reading »
In what is being viewed as another shot fired in the Google and Apple corporate battle, Google has announced the launch of Google Music, with all the main music labels signed up so far, apart from Warner Music. The service for now is available only to US-based Android handset users. "Google Music is about discovering, purchasing, sharing and enjoying digital music in new, innovative and personalized ways,” said Andy Rubin, Google’s Senior Vice President, Mobile.Continue reading »
Shipments of eReaders are reach 67 million in the next five years, according to a new report by analyst Juniper Research, nearly triple the 25 million devices the company expects to reach the market in 2011 The price of the market-leading Kindle has fallen significantly since it was launched, and electronic ink technology will ensure that the device continues to carve out a niche for itself in the wireless device ecosystem.Continue reading »
Germany-based Singulus Technologies is confirming its earlier-stated optimism regarding the optical disc market with an industry event to take place on November 29. “It could have been seen as something of a risk setting up such an event in the high season and a challenging optical disc market environment,” Sylvia Hitzel, VP Sales & Marketing, told Digital2Disc. “However, we have well over 60 people - customers, suppliers, and partners - confirmed as attending, with more expected to confirm in the next two weeks.”Continue reading »
Nicolas Chartier, the controversial Hurt Locker producer, is expected to make news and stir up debate during his keynote address at the 2nd Annual Content Protection Summit, December 8 in Los Angeles. Chartier is one of the most vocal members of Hollywood’s creative community about the implications of Internet piracy on the film community. He made headlines last year after announcing that his company, Voltage Pictures, had declared war on film pirates and was planning to sue thousands of people who illegally downloaded his Academy Award-winning picture on the popular file-sharing site BitTorrent.Continue reading »
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has announced today the first virtual store in the UK to sell Blu-ray Discs and DVDs. “We’re entering the busiest gifting season of the year when consumers are stretched for time and on the go with their mobile phone in hand,” said Robert Price, Managing Director, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.Continue reading »
Technicolor announced recently that it has collaborated with Mattell and the Barbie brand to produce Barbie: A Perfect Christmas, the latest DVD from the Barbie Entertainment franchise. It is the 22nd computer-animated Barbie movie, was released on DVD in North America on November 8, and will be released in Europe on November 22.Continue reading »
Following Netflix’s recent announcement that it it would launch its service in the UK and Ireland early in 2012, Lionsgate UK, a subsidiary of Lions Gate Entertainment, has joined it in announcing a new multi-year licensing agreement. This agreement will make Netflix the exclusive subscription streaming service in the UK and Ireland for first-run feature films from the studio.Continue reading »