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How Has Playlist Culture Affected Our Listening Choices? An Experiment

How Has Playlist Culture Affected Our Listening Choices? An Experiment

In an age where playlist culture reigns supreme in our consumption of music, one curious music blogger from NYC took some time to investigate  what today's music consumers are listening to, on what platform, and most of all how they're discovering it. Guest post by Noor Kalouti of Soundfly's Flypaper Have you ever really considered how you ...

Streaming Music Revenue Up, But Per Song Rates May Have Dropped In 2018

Streaming Music Revenue Up, But Per Song Rates May Have Dropped In 2018

In this piece, Bobby Owsinski breaks down some complex recent streaming data, which highlights the disparity between the royalty rates paid out by major streamers (with YouTube coming up particularly short) as well as the contextual challenge of drawing accurate information from these kinds of data sets. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 How ...

Music Streaming Rates 2018: Per Stream Rates Drop and YouTube's Value Gap Is Very Real

Music Streaming Rates 2018: Per Stream Rates Drop and YouTube's Value Gap Is Very Real

2018 saw music streaming come into its own as the dominant source of recording music revenue. But as streaming volumes swelled, the YouTube value gap and its pitifully small payout percentage became even more apparent. Guest post by David Lowery of The Trichordist Here we go again. To see previous years, click [here]. This data set is ...

SoundCloud Revenues Up 80%, Tops $100 Million

SoundCloud Revenues Up 80%, Tops $100 Million

SoundCloud, the Berlin-based music streaming platform, made good on its promise to bring in more than $100 million for the 2017 calendar year, according a filing with UK Companies House this week. According to the filing, SoundCloud’s global revenues hit $102M in 2017. That’s an increase of 80% over the previous year. The figure also accounts ...

New Nielsen Music Report Reveals Industry Quite Healthy

New Nielsen Music Report Reveals Industry Quite Healthy

Thanks to the expedited turnaround of our new digital age, Nielsen's latest annual report has already become available and (spoiler alert) the news is good. Most numbers gathered over the past year seem to indicate a happy, healthy music industry. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 It used to be that you’d have to ...

Is Podcasting's Bubble About To Burst Or Just Catching Its Breath?

Is Podcasting's Bubble About To Burst Or Just Catching Its Breath?

Following its explosion in popularity, podcasting has established itself as a lead player in the audio renaissance. But can this platform continue to keep growing? Low barriers to entry have led to a crowded content field, leaving some in the industry concerned about its future. Guest post by Fred Jacobs of Jacobs Media Now don't get ...

Indie Stores Report 2018 Vinyl Sales +10%, CDs -12.6%

Indie Stores Report 2018 Vinyl Sales +10%, CDs -12.6%

The Coalition of Independent Music Stores polled it ts members on December 2018 sales compared to last year.  Despite the rush to streaming, brick and mortar music stores appear to be holding with the help of healthy sales of vinyl, turntables and vinyl accessories. 2018 Indie store charts follow the survey results. “The results were, of ...

Do Touch That Dial: In-Car Listening Finally Shifting

Do Touch That Dial: In-Car Listening Finally Shifting

While much has changed in the music industry over the past ten years, our listening habits while on the move have, until now, remained much the same. Historically AM/FM listening has dominated in the car but, while this is still somewhat true, traditional radio's grip on drivers seems to be loosening. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski ...

Tech Revenue To Hit Record $398 Billion in 2019

Tech Revenue To Hit Record $398 Billion in 2019

Artificial intelligence (AI) and fast internet connectivity, both critical ingredients for  smartphones, smart home devices and smart speakers, will drive the U.S. consumer technology industry to a record-breaking $398 billion in retail revenues in 2019. That's $301 billion wholesale and 3.9% year-over-year (YOY) growth, which includes streaming services revenue, according to the Consumer Technology Association (CTA). ...

5 Music Industry Predictions 2019: Fan Clubs, Apple Music, Chart Decline and More

5 Music Industry Predictions 2019: Fan Clubs, Apple Music, Chart Decline and More

With the music business in a constant state of tumultuous evolution, 2019 is shaping up to be a wild year for the industry. Here we look at five major developments we're likely to see unfolding in the coming months. Guest post from Haulix Daily Everyone knows the saying, “new year, new you,” but does that mantra ...