Nielsen has released figures for music sales for the first half of 2016. Along with recent news on Spotify’s growth comes news that audio streaming usage has nearly doubled from the first half of 2015. Music video streaming (presumably mainly YouTube) has also risen, though not by nearly as much. The only physical media sales growth has been in vinyl.
In an update on a post I wrote a few months ago, Spotify’s 30 million paying customers makes it the top streaming music service for paying users. Despite Apple’s best efforts, it’s managed to only accumulate 15 million paying subscribers to date, trailing a distant second. The other services trail some distance behind, as shown in … Read more
Despite the dominance of streaming audio and digital music everywhere else (ignoring the improbable resurgence of vinyl), there’s supposedly one place where old-fashioned AM/FM radio still dominates, and that’s in cars. A survey of drivers by Edison Research states that 84% of drivers use the radio at least part of the time. Surprisingly, CD players are … Read more
Last month, it was reported that streaming music has finally become the dominant form of paid music in the United States. The rest of the world isn’t lax on moving away from physical media, either. The IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, the RIAA”s international cousin) reports that digital music sales are now at 45% of music … Read more
Joining Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play Music, Pandora, and others in offering a subscription streaming service is SoundCloud. SoundCloud’s traditionally been the home of individual musicians releasing samples or entire tracks of their work, often on an independent basis. Podcast makers have also taken to uploading podcasts on SoundCloud. Now, SoundCloud hopes to monetize its service … Read more