Streaming music sales accounted for 62% of total U.S. music revenue during the first half of 2017

According to the RIAA, streaming music is now responsible for the vast majority of stateside music purchases. Altogether, sales of tunes in the U.S. during the first half of this year hit $4 billion, up 17% year-over-year. At this pace, last year’s total of $7.7 billion in music sales should be topped. Streaming made up $2.5 billion of this year’s first half revenue, which amounts to a whopping 62% of industry sales. Right now, there are 30 million people in the states that are signed up to a streaming music service.

Breaking down streaming revenue in the first half of 2017, subscriber revenue …


Gartner: Android accounted for 87.7% of global smartphone sales in the second quarter


Analytical firm Gartner has released the data it has collected for the second quarter of this year. Based on this information, global smartphone sales rose 7.6% from April through June of 2017. Of the 366.2 million handsets purchased during the three months, 87.7% of the units bought had the Android OS installed, and 12.1% were iOS powered iPhone models. Gartner research director Anshul Gupta says mid-priced smartphone demand ($150 to $200) was driven by consumers in emerging markets seeking 4G enabled models

Topping the list of manufacturers was Samsung. The South Korean tech titan …

The Apple Watch accounted for half of all smartwatches shipped in 2016


Analytics firm Canalys released a report today stating that the Apple Watch continues to have a huge share of the global smartwatch market. 6 million units were delivered during the fourth calendar quarter (Apple’s fiscal first quarter), representing a huge chunk of the 9 million smartwatches that were shipped worldwide during the three-month period. For the Apple Watch, this represented a 12% increase from the number of watches it shipped during the same quarter last year. The $2.6 billion in revenue generated by the Apple Watch from October through December, a quarterly record for the product, …