Association History

2000s

2009

“Glee” debuts.

2009

Virgin Megastores in U.S. close.

2009

Bill Wilson joins NARM as Director of Digital Strategy & Business Development.

2009

NARM establishes Digital Think Tank.

2009

Michael Jackson’s Thriller RIAA-certified at over 29 million albums shipped, tying The Eagles’ Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 for best selling album in the U.S.

2008

Verizon joins NARM.

2008

Nokia joins NARM.

2008

First Google Android powered phone sold.

2008

Apple App Store launches.

2008

First Record Store Day.

2008

NARM celebrates 50th Anniversary

2007

“Digital NARM” introduced at Chicago NARM convention.

2007

NARM, in association with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, releases “Definitive 200 Albums” list and promotional campaign.

2007

Apple launches the iPhone.

2006

Vinyl drops to 900,000 units shipped, the lowest number since RIAA began tracking in 1973.

2006

Napster joins NARM.

2006

“Soul Train” goes off the air.

2006

Tower Records shuts down.

2005

Live Nation founded.

2005

Pandora Radio launches.

2005

YouTube launches.

2005

Supreme Court rules against Grokster.

2004

Sony Music and BMG Music merge.

2004

iTunes Store launches.

2004

Jim Donio named NARM President.

2003

Roxio buys Pressplay, relaunches under Napster name.

2003

Pam Horovitz leaves NARM; Jim Donio named Acting President.

2003

MP3.com shut down.

2002

First season of “American Idol”.

2002

NARM sends major labels a letter urging release of singles.

2001

RIM adds voice calls to the BlackBerry.

2001

Microsoft introduces the Xbox.

2001

Rhapsody, on demand streaming music service, launched.

2001

First subscription download services, Pressplay & MusicNet, launch.

2001

iTunes and iPod introduced.

2001

TouchTunes digital jukebox displayed at NARM convention.

2001

U.S. Court of Appeals upholds copyright infringement ruling against Napster.

2000

RIAA shipment numbers: 942.5 million CDs, 34.2 million CD singles, 76 million cassettes, 1.3 cassette singles, 2.2 million LP/EPs, 4.8 million vinyl singles, 18.2 music video – 2000.

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2000

Microsoft joins NARM.

2000

eMusic joins NARM.

2000

’N Sync sets record for 1-week sales with “No Strings Attached”.

2000

NARM brings anti-trust suit against Sony Music Entertainment on unfair competition and price discrimination grounds; suit withdrawn later in year.

2000

NARM issues position paper entitled `Baseline Principles for Online Commerce in Music.

2000

AOL and Time Warner, parent company of Warner Music, merge.

2000

According to Pew Research, 3% of U.S. homes have broadband Internet connections.