Online Music revenues expected to reach $6.3 billion this year

Consumer spending for online music worldwide is estimated to reach U.S. $6.3 billion in 2011, up from $5.9 billion in 2010, according to a recent report from Gartner.

That number is forecast to reach $6.8 billion in 2012, and grow to $7.7 billion in 2015. While the numbers are positive, Gartner says the growth in online spending for music will not offset the declines in consumer spending on physical music (CDs and LPs).

Complaints against Canadian wireless companies continue to climb

In its annual report released last week, Canada’s Commissioner for Complaints for Telecommunications Services (CCTS) is reporting an increase in telecom consumer complaints for the fourth straight year.

The commission handles a wide range of complaints about products and services offered in the telecommunications sector including: home telephone, wired and wireless internet access services, long distance telephone services wireless services, directory and operator services.

News, Weather and Sports apps the most popular among smartphone owners

The number of adult wireless smartphone owners who have downloaded an app nearly doubled in the past two years, from 22% in September 2009 to 38% in August 2011, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project.

The most commonly downloaded apps, downloaded by 74% of downloaders, were those which provided regular updates about everyday information such as news, weather, sports, or stocks.

Report: 87 Million Americans own a Smartphone

Over 234 million Americans age 13 and older used mobile devices in the third quarter with over a third of them – 87.4 million – saying they owned a smartphones according to a recent report by comScore. The number of smartphone owners was up 12 percent from the preceding quarter.

Tablet sales expected to rise fivefold by 2017

Global tablet computer sales are predicted to reach nearly 330 million units by 2017, up from less than 60 million units in 2011 according to a recent report by DisplaySearch.

By comparison, worldwide sales of personal computers (which includes desktops, laptops and netbooks) in 2010 were 350 million and are expected to reach 364 million units in 2011.

Global PC sales up 3.2% in third quarter

Global sales of personal computers reached 91.8 million units in the third quarter of 2011, a 3.2 percent increase from the same period last year according to a recent report from Gartner.

While the numbers were up over 2010, they were below Gartner’s earlier projection for 5.1 percent growth. Gartner sales figures include desk-based PCs, mobile PCs, including mini-notebooks but not media tablets such as the iPad.

Four out of five Canadians went on-line for personal use in 2010

The following statistic might surprise some readers of Digital Home but a Statscan report released yesterday found that 80% of Canadian aged 16 years and older used the Internet for personal use in 2010.

In its 2010 Canadian Internet Use Survey, the federal reporting agency found the largest percentage of non-user were seniors and households in the lowest income quartile.

Gartner lowers 2011 sales forecast for tablet computers

Worldwide sales of tablet computers are on pace to reach 63.6 million units according to a recent report from Gartner. If correct, tablet sales would be up over 250 percent from 2010 sales of 17.6 million units.

While the increase is still amazing, the numbers are down significantly from the almost 70 million in predicted sales in Gartner’s April report. The firm has significantly lowered its sales forecasts for Android, WebOS and QNX tablets.

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