According to Forbes Magazine, for the first time in over a decade, digital downloads from the iTunes Store decreased in 2013. And, while the 6% drop may not be staggering, it may be evident of a growing trend in music listening.It seems that revenue from digital streaming websites increased by 32% over the past year, indicating that music fans are more interested in streaming their favorite tunes than they are in downloading them. Perhaps this speaks to web services, like Spotify, which gives paid users access to millions of songs through their interactive software program and online database.While streaming seems to be the way of the future, we shouldn’t get too ahead of ourselves. 2013 also saw an 8% decrease in overall album sales. Maybe the drop in download revenue is because, well, music was better in 2012? It’s hard to say, really.We do know that Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience was the #1 selling album in 2013, and Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” was the #1 selling single. Eminem, Luke Bryan, Imagine Dragons, and Bruno Mars round out the top 5 selling albums. In 2012, Adele’s “21″ was the top selling album, with 4.4 million copies. JT’s top selling album only moved 2.4 million copies. Maybe iTunes shouldn’t freak out just yet. What do you think?-David Melamed (@DMelamz)
Fort Lauderdale, Florida – During extensive Hurricane Dorian Relief efforts, it was brought to the attention of Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue (FLFR) that the Volunteer Fire Departments in the Bahamas were greatly affected by the storm’s impact and are no longer able to service their communities. FLFR immediately reached out to Fire Chief Danny Ross of Marsh Harbor Volunteer Fire Rescue to see how we could help.Chief Ross stated that all their fire equipment had been lost in the storm and any donations would be greatly appreciated. FLFR went to work and began to inventory what was scheduled to be replaced in the coming year. Included in this long list of items was the possibility of a fire truck that was going to auction. FLFR’s Fire Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr approached City Manager Chris Lagerbloom with this idea and it was immediately approved.The next hurdle would be how to get a 44,000 lb. fire truck to a remote island. FLFR took to social media and was quickly contacted by Alan Davies of Hydro-Dynamic Solutions. Mr. Davies has had ties with Marsh Harbor for a long time and was able to contact SEACOR Island Lines, LLC in Dania Beach who agreed to transport the truck free of charge.On Tuesday, December 3rd at 5 p.m., the Fort Lauderdale City Commission and Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue will have a brief ceremony in front of City Hall where the keys for this truck will be turned over to personnel from Marsh Harbor Volunteer Fire Rescue.
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Ahead of the Paris Motor Show today, Renault has unveiled a new ‘affordable’ all-electric crossover: the Renault K-ZE. more…The post Renault unveils new ‘affordable’ K-ZE all-electric crossover appeared first on Electrek. Source: Charge Forward