Apple, in its flush of new, bigger iPhone 6 handsets, has been selling record numbers of its older and newer model smartphones in the last few months, and now it’s passed another significant milestone: it has managed to overtake sales of Android devices in the key market of the U.S. for the first time in three years.
According to figures from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, the market research division of WPP, in the key holiday sales quarter of Q4 2014, Apple sold more iPhones than all of the various Android OEMs put together, the first time that it has managed to do this since Q4 2012. But if you don’t want to buy into any Apple hype, you might consider there’s likely some margin for error here — iOS devices accounted for 47.7% of sales, while Android devices accounted for 47.6%.
The more interesting question is whether this was a seasonal bump or the start of a bigger trend. On that front, Kantar is bullish on Apple’s overall lineup that includes older models, especially in comparison to the selection of Android devices available. More....Link
“When we joined the coalition we had a particular agenda topic that we were interested in, and that was transparency,” Amazon’s VP of Digital Music Steve Boom told Billboard. “What has become clear to us since MIC went public is that part of the agenda – transparency – is getting lost in the wilder noise surrounding rate-setting.” Amazon just celebrated the first anniversary of its Prime Music streaming service.
Is NPR Next?
Artist advocacy group MusicFirst applauded Amazon's exit and turned its sites on MIC member NPR.
“We applaud Amazon for withdrawing from the anti-artist MIC Coalition. We do not expect Amazon to be the last to question the Coalition’s true agenda.
“We call on all members of the MIC Coalition who do not share the agenda of trying to cut pay to music creators to follow suit.
We wonder why, for example, National Public Radio, who artists have worked so closely with over the years, would be involved in a Coalition apparently so laser-focused on cutting artists’ pay?
...Music services and music creators can and should work together as partners.”
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