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Consumers Getting Fed Up With Streaming Subscriptions

Consumers Getting Fed Up With Streaming Subscriptions

While many television consumers have cut the cord and are eschewing traditional cable in favor of streaming options, it seems these same streaming services are taking up some of the practices which made cable so unappealing in the first place, and consumers are less than thrilled. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 It’s a ...

Skip Rates: Why The First 30 Seconds Matter More Than Ever

Skip Rates: Why The First 30 Seconds Matter More Than Ever

With the album on the wane and attention spans shorter than ever, the first 30 seconds of of a song matter more than.  Not only do they need to capture the listener's attention, but in streaming, they determine if the songwriter is going to get paid at all.  Skip rates can make or break a song, ...

Over A Third Of Americans Now Own Smart Speakers, So What Does That Mean For Artists?

Over A Third Of Americans Now Own Smart Speakers, So What Does That Mean For Artists?

As an increasing number of Americans (now over 36%) acquire smart speakers, changing what the future of audio consumption looks like, some artists may be forced to rethink not just their promotional strategy, but their entire brand identity. Guest post by James Shotwell of Haulix More than 1/3 of American consumers have smart speakers in their ...

Streaming Playlist Innovation: What's Next?

Streaming Playlist Innovation: What's Next?

How streaming playlists have changed music creation and consumption is the subject of serious debate. Here, MIDiA's Keith Jopling takes his own deep dive into the subject, along with a call for playlist innovation and hat tips to apps like Soundsgood, Stationhead and Lost. By MIDiA Research’s Keith Jopling from the Music Industry blog In this ...

New Study By Goldman Sachs Forecasts Double-Digit Growth For Music Biz

New Study By Goldman Sachs Forecasts Double-Digit Growth For Music Biz

The music business has had a tough go of it over the past decade, but in recent years things have taken a turn for the better, with industry business booming. Thankfully, this trend shows no signs of waning, according to recently published research from a team at Goldman Sachs. Guest post from AWAL Business really is ...

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 ...