Posts Tagged ‘sales’

Thriller’s Missing Millions

Friday, September 8th, 2017

It’s accepted that Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ sold over one hundred million copies. But do the numbers add up? A fascinating look at sampling, rounding up, sales tracking, and hype from Bill Wyman at The New Yorker.

Did Jackson sell a billion records, or even seven hundred and fifty million? Sure, “Thriller” sold a lot of copies, but Jackson recorded infrequently, and his later albums sold nowhere near what “Thriller” did. We know from SoundScan figures that Jackson was selling, on average, roughly a million albums a year in the nineteen-nineties and the aughts in the U.S.—and that includes greatest-hits albums, like the four-million-selling “Number Ones.” That’s not nothing, but it’s not the sort of thing that adds up to a billion records over time.

Did Thriller Really Sell A Hundred Million Copies.

What if Windows Mobile 7 had seen the light of day?

Monday, May 20th, 2013

Let’s just say I doubt that Nokia would have signed up. Windows Phone 7 was just the break that Microsoft needed. Whether the jump was made in time remains to be see. Sales are still up, even if they’re not as high as Redmond and their partners would want. I still think that Windows Phone is doing far better than Windows Mobile ever could.

America and Windows Phone will never be BFF

Saturday, April 20th, 2013

Some thoughts on AAWP:

What is clear is that the US cellular market is not suited to the strengths of Windows Phone. Much like Symbian, Windows Phone is tightly coded and does not require cutting edge hardware to run a compelling experience. A slight step back does not diminish the OS because of a lower processor speed or RAM, as Steve found out this week when reviewing the Lumia 520

This is where it goes wrong in America. Thanks to a reliance on large subsidies and expensive monthly plans (when compared to the rest of the world),  the commercial advantage of Windows Phone is negated. When a network has a policy that all smartphones will be priced at $99 (or $199 for the really high-end devices), and spreads the cost over 24 monthly payments from the subscriber, there is very little impetus for the subscriber to choose a handset that is ‘value for money’. Everything is the same price, and other factors are much more significant.

Nexus 10 vs Microsoft Surface

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Fun numbers from Ben Evans today. Estimated Nexus 10 sales… 680,000. Estimated Microsoft Surface sales… 1,500,000.

The percentage of new Blackberry users is nice, but we need actual sales figures

Friday, March 1st, 2013

It’s very nice that half of BlackBerry’s Z10 sales have come from platforms other than BlackBerry, but it misses one key bit of information. How many devices were actually sold? Because half of 2,500 wouldn’t be that impressive, would it?

Nexus 7 sales reach France, Germany, and Spain

Monday, August 27th, 2012

The big question… How much stock can Google ship before the iPad Mini arrives?

The TouchPad aftermarket proves nothing about its commercial potential

Monday, December 26th, 2011

A small number of geeks, chasing after even smaller quantities of end-of-lined geek toys, are keeping the price high. That does not mean that the HP Touchpad would have been a commercial success, nor does it mean that the price is reflecting the general feeling of a machine that should still be on sale.

Geeks will buy one everything they can get their hands on. Selling a few thousand is easy. Selling a few hundreds of thousands, to get a 0.1% share, that’s hard. And you need far more market share to make a going and profitable concern.

Of course smartphones are shipping more than featurephones

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

…in Q2 more smartphones entering the sales channel than feature phones. Shipments of feature devices declined by 29 percent to 20.4 million units, while smartphones grew by 48 percent to 21.8 million units. That works out to a ratio of 48:52 in favor of smart devices.

The manufacturers could have made that happen at any point since “smartphones” became a byword for “phone with a lot of features.” The key is to find out when they sell more than feature phones.

Almost all the Scottish newspapers drop below rounded numbers

Monday, July 18th, 2011

The Herald slips below 50,000, The Scotsman below 40,000 and the Sunday Herald below 30,000. Still, the FT added 242 readers, taking it to 3,668 average sales. So there’s hope…

In obvious news, people want iPads and not iPad clones

Friday, July 8th, 2011

Tablet computers aren’t selling as many units as every company who isn’t Apple hoped for. There’s a surprise.

Remember this stat the next the music industry cries poor

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

Digital album sales are up 19 percent through the first six months over 2010 and are on pace to set a new sales record at the end of the year”. More than 660.8 million digital units were sold in the first half of 2011, an 11 percent increase from the summer of last year (Soundscan Neilsen)

Is it right to big up the iPad competition?

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

Just because there are lots of alternatives to the iPad at the point of sale, that doesn’t mean they are effective competition, it just means that box manufacturers have new boxes to sell. The question is whether the pubic will buy these new shiny toys instead of an iPad.