Music milestone

Digital music

50.3%

Nielsen SoundScan have announced their 2011 tally of full year music sales and airplay for the 52-week period 03 January 2011 through 01 January 2012.  With it comes hundreds of interesting data points if the music industry is your thing, the report also included one specific item that has been making headlines the world over: for the first time in history digital music purchases exceeded physical sales, accounting for 50.3% of all purchases.   Continue reading

Federal tax gap

Income tax385 billion ($385,000,000,000)

I’m not sure what worries me more: the fact that the IRS was unable to collect approximately $385 billion (15% of the total) of federal taxes in 2006 or that – according to an article by CNN Money – that this is the best data policymakers have to go on regarding the government’s revenue shortfall. The worst part is that this is emafter /emthe more than 60,000 corporate and 1.5 million individual tax return audits the IRS conducts on an annual basis.   Continue reading

Infographic of infographics

Steve Jobs

29%

The team over at Daily Infographic – one of the better sources for masterpieces of data visualization – recently announced a partnership with Infographic World, so you should expect to see more of the curious and insightful images that have become popular on this blog.   Continue reading

2011 consumer media usage report

2011 Nielsen consumer media usage report (page 1)

4.9 million (4,900,000)

Yesterday my former colleagues at Nielsen released their “State of the Media: Consumer Usage Report” for 2011 which has a decidedly U.S. focus.  During the first week of November Nielsen released an infographic triptych that in hindsight was an excellent preview for this report.   Continue reading

Technology trends of 2011

Crystal ball

90%

It has been said that history is the best predictor of future events and if that is in fact the case, then 2012 is going to be an incredibly exciting year in technology.  2011 saw the explosion of innovations in mobile and social technology with tremendous growth in group buying, geolocation applications, and tablet computing.   Continue reading

2012 resolutions get social

Weight loss66%

Yesterday social media monitoring firm Radian6 released an analysis of nearly 700,000 conversations about New Year’s resolutions from 28 December 2011 through 03 January 2012.  They measured sentiment, demographics, subject, and a variety of other characteristics to arrive at the cutesy infographic included below. Continue reading

Population density

Housing development250,404

Tim De Chant runs a blog that, as of yesterday, celebrated its first anniversary.  The blog – Per Square Mile – focuses on what I find to be an incredibly interesting topic: population density.  Much like yesterday’s post about the Dencity project by Fathom, Tim’s blog explores the phenomena associated with how and why human beings come to be co-domiciled in areas of relatively high density versus those of relatively low density.   Continue reading

Metropolitan might

Dencity map

1

As Americans we place a lot of value on our wide open spaces and tend to ascribe values such as liberty and freedom to our ability to move around throughout this great country of ours.  We also marvel at our cities as centers of commerce, culture, and wealth – viewing them as icons of progress.   Continue reading

New Year’s resolutions

Out with 2011, in with 2012

12%

So you’ve wrapped up 2011 and kicked off 2012 with a bang – its time to get serious about your New Year’s resolutions.  If you’re like most people, there are a few areas where you think that a bit of improvement might be in order.   Continue reading

New Year’s Eve

Times Square

43 billion (43,000,000,000)

For some, the morning after New Year’s Eve comes all too early and the after-effects of a (long) night of imbibing has us wishing we could have just a few more minutes of sleep.  For others, New Year’s Day is filled with wishful thinking and hope that we can conjure the courage and commitment to lose the weight, get the new job, find a new romantic interest, etc. in the 365 days to come.   Continue reading