April 13, 2016
Streaming Music Industry Numbers

What Streaming Music Subscription Numbers Reveal About Ad-Supported Listening

A recent Digital Music News headline claimed, “There Are Nearly 90 Million People Paying for Streaming Music.” Its numbers add up to 87.5 million if you buy into two assumptions. First, that Apple Music will shortly grow from 11 to 15 million subscribers. Second, you must buy into the conclusion that Satellite subscribers are streaming subscribers.
November 18, 2015
RIAA Music Unit Sales by Type

Part 1: Spotify and Other Streaming Services are Saving the Music Industry

A report issued by the National Bureau of Economic Research last month concludes that, “interactive streaming appears to be revenue-neutral for the recorded music industry.” The summary conclusions by the report authors, Luis Aguiar and Joel Waldfogel, don’t fit the industry trends prior to the study period or the math behind the data.
July 8, 2015
Nielsen Data - Online Music Reaches Critical Mass in 2014

Nielsen Data Confirm Listener Time Shift to Ad-Supported Online Audio

RAIN News reported last week on an EDMbiz presentation by Nielsen Vice President Tatiana Simonian showing further confirmation of the listener migration to online listening. It also confirmed that ad-supported listening is the dominant choice of consumers.
June 10, 2015

Spotify Reaches 75 Million Active Users, Subscriptions Grow

This morning, Spotify released some new numbers in terms of 75 million active users and 20 million subscribers. Just over one year ago, Spotify announced 40 million active users of which 10 million were subscribers.