U.S. e-commerce in the second quarter grew 23% compared with last year, climbing to $47.5 billion, according to comScore. Sales of video games, systems and accessories had the most growth, followed by sports and fitness, consumer electronics, and event tickets.
Worldwide PDA shipments fell 43.5% in the second quarter, continuing a pattern that has driven some industry players, such as Dell, to abandon PDA operations. Palm continues to dominate the market with 44.1% market share, with the next-largest company, Hewlett-Packard, accounting for 23.5% of the total market.
Universal Music Group said Thursday that it would soon start selling digital music by select artists without copy protection. "The experiment will run from August to January and analyze such factors as consumer demand, price sensitivity and piracy in regards to the availability of open MP3s," Universal said. ITunes will not participate in the DRM-free test.
Peripheral Electronics, a division of AAMP of America, has released a new line of in-car radio-replacement interfaces, which can be installed without disrupting in-car computer systems, according to the company.