Just a quick post to let you guys know that we’ve just started our t-shirt sale for this month! For just a few days all our tees are priced at just $14 each! Whatever fandom you’re into, I’m sure we have something that will be of interest to you! Here are a few of our favorites!
Modern computers are revolutionizing our lives, performing tasks unimaginable only decades ago. This was made possible by a long series of innovations, but there’s one foundational invention that almost everything else relies upon: the transistor. Gokul J. Krishnan describes what a transistor is and how this small device enables all the amazing things computers can do.
For today’s edition of Deal of the Day, here are a few great deals we stumbled on while browsing the web this morning:
–Player’s Handbook (Dungeons & Dragons) –
–Dungeon Master’s Guide (D&D Core Rulebook) –
–Monster Manual (D&D Core Rulebook) –
–Dungeon Master’s Screen Reincarnated –
–Wiz Dice Series II 100+ Pack of Random Polyhedral Dice – 15 Guaranteed Sets of Random Colors –
–iOttie Easy One Touch 4 Air Vent Car Mount Holder Cradle for Smartphones –
–iOttie Easy One Dashboard & Windshield Smartphone Holder –
–iOttie Easy One Touch 4 CD Slot Car Mount Holder Cradle for Smartphones –
The figures come from the Recording Industry Association of America and aim to cover all revenue derived from recorded music. They only cover money that comes directly from customers, so don’t include royalties from traditional radio broadcasts or licensing fees.
Recorded music as a whole is picking up as a business: the revenues for 2017 were $8.7 billion, up from $7.5 billion in 2016 and $6.7 billion in 2015.
To say physical products overtook digital downloads (reversing what once seemed like an inevitable shift with the rise of the iPod) is a bit of a stretch. In fact both categories declined – it’s just that physical products only declined by four percent. There was a small shift in format, with CDs down a little and vinyl up a little, despite average record prices increasing.
Rather than people deciding to buy CDs or records in place of MP3s, what’s really happened is that people are shifting from buying digital music towards subscribing to streaming services — plus streaming has attracted people who’d otherwise not spend any money on music. The RIAA says that at an average point in 2017, 35.3 million Americans had a paid music subscription, up from 22.7 million in 2016 and 10.8 million in 2014.
Streaming now makes up 65 percent of all recorded music revenue with physical media at 17 percent and digital downloads at 15 percent.
It’s a well-known fact: Etsy almost never has any sales, but right now, they do! The “World of Etsy Sales” event features curated “worlds” where items on sale are divided into categories you can dig through. The event ends on the 29th, so if you have a special event coming up or you need something special for your home, be sure to check it out!