Majority of Americans Abandon CD Ship and Swim in the Streams

By Darren Orf on at

US music streaming finally surpasses CDs, life on Earth may not be that uncommon, and Aussie's take bets on IE's new name. This is all the news and rumours you missed on BitStream.

In 2014, streaming services — which include Spotify, Pandora and the like — surpassed physical CD sales in revenue for the first time ever, according to the Recording Industry Association of America. Permanent digital downloads (iTunes et al) still account for the biggest piece of the music pie, but even they saw a decrease in money-making power in 2014, with music streaming having to pick up the slack. With Apple rumoured to launch their own streaming service this year, 2015 will see even greater discrepancies between physical media and streaming music. Many have argued over whether streaming is good for the music industry, and while it may not be as lucrative as past music formats, its undeniable that streaming is how we will listen to music going forward. [RIAA]

A new study says there may be more habitable planets in the Milky Way than there are grains of sand on all our beaches. The truth is out there. [CNET]

PowerPoint Karaoke is as weird and great as you'd expect. [WSJ]

Apps and Devices

Google just added an all-new "Find Your Phone" feature to Android Wear to help cut down on those frustrating moments of MIA smartphones, which happens way more to me than I care to admit. [Google]

Prime Now has finally left Manhattan. Amazon's one-hour delivery service expands to Baltimore and Miami. C'monnnn British version. [TNW]


Apple is working on bringing taptic feedback, found in new MacBook's trackpad, to all the keys on a keyboard. The times...they are changing. [TechCrunch]

I am an Arcade Fire fan, sure. But this might be Win Butler's best idea yet—DJing under the name DJ Windows 98. [The Verge]

Australians are placing bets on what the next Internet Explorer might be money is on Dora the Internet Explorer.

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