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  • Connected home revenue in the US grew 57-percent in 2016, according to NPD

    Connected home revenue in the US grew 57-percent in 2016, according to NPD

    No surprise, really, that connected home sales experienced a surge last year. Between the seemingly exponential number of new players and driving pushes from major companies like Apple, Google and Amazon, the market’s been pretty tough to avoid. In a new study released this week, NPD is offering some insight into the phenomenon, noting that the home automation market saw a 57-percent… Read More

  • Bluetooth units claim more than half of headphone dollar sales in June

    Bluetooth units claim more than half of headphone dollar sales in June

    It still feels a bit premature to ditch the jack entirely, but according to numbers released by NPD, Bluetooth headphone sales got a big old bump for the month of June, marking the first time the wireless devices overtook their connected counterparts in the US in terms of dollar sales. What that means is consumers in the US are spending more money on Bluetooth headsets, a charge led by Beats… Read More

  • NPD: U.S. Windows Device Sales Down 21% On Last Year; Windows 8 Tablet Sales “Almost Non-Existent”

    NPD: U.S. Windows Device Sales Down 21% On Last Year; Windows 8 Tablet Sales “Almost Non-Existent”

    Microsoft earlier this week made a point of noting that there have been 40 million downloads of Windows 8 since it launched a month ago, putting it ahead of where Windows 7 was at the same point in its sales cycle. But according to figures out today from NPD, in the midst of an overall slowdown in PC sales, this is not translating into robust hardware sales in the influential U.S. market. Read More

  • NPD: 70% Of Consumers Now Watch TV On Non-TV Devices; PCs Reign Supreme

    NPD: 70% Of Consumers Now Watch TV On Non-TV Devices; PCs Reign Supreme

    Some well-timed research out from NPD, just in time for Google gearing up for its I/O event, where it is announcing news about Google TV, new wireless devices and Android. The researchers say that TV consumption on tablets has more than doubled in the last year in the 14 markets that it surveys, and 70 percent of consumers now say they watch video on devices other than TVs. The device leading… Read More

  • NPD: Apple Still Leads Tablet Shipments, But The Fight For Second Place Rages On

    NPD: Apple Still Leads Tablet Shipments, But The Fight For Second Place Rages On

    Another day, another take on Amazon and Apple duking it out in the tablet market. The data comes from NPD’s DisplaySearch wing, and the results don’t come as much of a shock. By their count, Apple is still sitting at the top of the heap, accounting for 59.1 percent of the tablets shipped in Q4 2011 while Amazon is sitting pretty in second place with 16.7 percent of tablet… Read More

  • NPD: Apple Still On Top In Mobile PC Shipments, But HP Takes The Cake In Notebooks

    NPD: Apple Still On Top In Mobile PC Shipments, But HP Takes The Cake In Notebooks

    The PC industry is in decline, unless of course you count tablets. NPD is apparently doing just that, leaving Apple in the top spot among mobile PC vendors. According to the firm, Apple shipped nearly 23.4 million mobile PCs in the fourth quarter of 2011, which is 128 percent year-over-year growth. Cupertino shipped over 62.8 million mobile PCs over the entirety of 2011, representing 132… Read More

  • Tablet Shipments To Reach 383.3 Million By 2017, 46% In Emerging Markets

    Tablet Shipments To Reach 383.3 Million By 2017, 46% In Emerging Markets

    Post-PC era? Here we come: According to new data from NPD, tablet PC shipments are expected to grow from 72.7 million units in 2011 to 383.3 million units by 2017. For comparison purposes, worldwide PC shipments for 2011 were 352.8 million, after seeing a 6% decline in Q4. While those numbers are remarkable enough on their own, what’s really interesting is where much of the growth will… Read More

  • Video Apps Vs. Web Video: Apps Are Invisible To Search

    Videos on the iPad and other tablets look great, and increasingly apps are being created specifically for watching videos on tablets. There is just one problem: they cannot be found by search. This problem is true for information in all apps in general, but it is particularly one for video. A couple weeks ago, I moderated a panel at Beet.TV’s Video Strategy Summit where this topic came up. Read More

  • About Time: NPD Plans To Track Digital Game Sales Data

    The NPD Group, the organization that tracks sales data for the video game industry in North America, says that it plans to track digital sales data in the future. It’s a pretty big deal because, up until now, NPD has only tracked physical, retail sales. If you buy a brand new copy of Madden or Dragon Quest from Best Buy, yeah, that data will be represented in the monthly… Read More

  • Is Call Of Duty: Black Ops The Best Selling Game Of All Time?

    Sigh. Call of Duty: Black Ops is now the best selling video game of all time, at least according to NPD. Activision has sold 13.7 million units since its release last November. Billions and billions served, etc. Read More

  • NPD November: Xbox 360 Outsells Wii, Black Ops Tops Charts

    There’s two big stories coming out of November’s NPD numbers. The first is that Microsoft somehow managed to sell more Xbox 360s than Nintendo sold Wiis, with Microsoft selling 1.37 million to Nintendo’s 1.27 million. That’s probably the result of the Kinect. The second is that, yes, Call of Duty: Black Ops sold a whopping 8.4 million units. Good on Activision, swimming… Read More

  • NPD now tracks PC game digital downloads, finds that they make up nearly 50 percent of all sales

    You know how every month you see stories like “Red Dead Redemption sells X copies, Super Mario Galaxy 2 sells Y copies,” etc? All of that data comes from the NPD Group, which tracks retail sales. What NPD never used to track was digital download sales—Steam and the like. That’s why’d you see doom-and-gloom stories like, “PC game sales fall 50 percent… Read More

  • NPD confirms: People are still confused by ‘netbooks’

    The NPD released a new report that says, essentially, consumers have no idea what the hell a “netbook” is. Something like 60 percent of consumers who bought a netbook thought that it would have the same capabilities as a notebook. Even more troubling for the companies who produce netbooks is that only 58 percent people who bought a netbook instead of a notebook were satisfied… Read More

  • March wasn't the best month for video game sales

    Yikes, not a the best month for our beloved video game industry. Sales were off some 17 percent compared to last year, but let’s not forget that a little game called Super Smash Bros. Brawl came out in March, 2008. That may have skewed the numbers a bit. Read More

  • August NPD numbers: Madden sells well (shocking!)

    The August NPD numbers are out, and to no one’s surprise Madden NFL ’09 was the biggest seller of the month, with EA moving some 2.3 million units. August is sorta a slow month for the video game industry, as folks enjoy the last throws of summer, spending less on hardware and software. That said, as far as hardware goes, the Nintendo DS saw the most sales (518,300). Following that… Read More

  • July NPD numbers are here: Once again, PS3 outsells Xbox 360

    The July NPD numbers have come out, and the PS3 continued its fine June performance, once again topping the Xbox 360 in units sold. Sony sold 224,000 PS3s to Microsoft’s 204,000. Meanwhile, the Wii continues to be in a league of its own, with Nintendo selling 550,000 units. The DS tops them all, of course with 608,000 units sold. The industry as a whole made $1.1 billion in July. Read More

  • Should we expect Wii sales to decrease any time soon?

    This month’s NPD numbers don’t officially come out until Thursday, but a single note written by Lazard Capital’s Colin Sebastian has prompted all sorts of knee-jerk reactions. Lazard says it’s possible that the Wii could see a decline in sales for the month of July. Now, that’s not necessarily because demand has gone down, but could merely be a function of… Read More

  • Flip video recorder #1 according to NPD


    According to NPD research, the Flip is the #1 selling camcorder in the US, beating out such stalwarts as Sony and JVC. The Flip is the YouTube compatible video camera that is so simple even a retarded monkey could use it. The Flip—so popular because of the cam’s ease-of-use, low cost and instant publication capabilities—leapfrogged into the digital marketplace, creating a… Read More

  • GTA IV sales didn't cause increase in console sales, NPD numbers show

    Despite breaking sales records left and right, GTA IV didn’t cause any measurable uptick in console sales. That probably hurts Sony more than Microsoft, seeing as though the GTA series has, since GTA III, been seen as a PlayStation franchise; Sony was expecting PS3-holdouts to see the game and buy a system. Didn’t happen. In fact, sales of the Xbox 360 version nearly doubled those… Read More

  • iTunes now number one music retailer in U.S.: NPD numbers

    You would never be able to tell, but Ars Techina has obtained documents (read: an e-mail sent to its employees) proclaiming iTunes as the largest music retailer in the U.S., passing even Wal-Mart. As of January 2008, iTunes now accounts for 19 percent of music sales here, to Wal-Mart’s 15 percent and Best Buy’s 13 percent. (AmazonMP3 is fourth.) Those numbers include online… Read More