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January 31, 2017

Thanks Alexa: “Friends With Benefits”

Based on the 15th edition of MusicWatch’s Annual Music Survey we were able to estimate that more than 14 million US consumers reported using an Echo device, including Tap and Dot. That’s users, not necessarily buyers. read more »

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January 19, 2017

Pandora Wins Music Streaming Wars (for 2016 anyway)

Pandora held on to the music streaming crown in 2016 with a 28 percent share of music listening. This gave Pandora a slim lead over YouTube, who came in with a 27 percent share. The statistics are based on monthly consumer surveys that MusicWatch contracts from third party suppliers and are weighted and projected to read more »

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December 8, 2016

Thanks YouTube, But There’s Still a Value Gap

In many ways, YouTube is the most valuable asset that the music industry has. It boasts the largest audience for streaming music—in the US MusicWatch estimates their audience at 120M active users read more »

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December 6, 2016

Will iHeart’s Audience Pay? You bet, maybe!

As iHeartRadio rolls out the beta of its PLUS paid streaming service, it’s fair to ask if anyone will pay for it come the live launch in January. read more »

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November 14, 2016

Orderly Transition: As Paid Music Streaming Escalates No Paying Downloader Can Be Left Behind

As rapidly as the music business is moving to paid streaming subscriptions from paid downloads there’s an argument to be made that it needs to move even faster. read more »

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September 20, 2016

Pandora Tops Rapidly Changing US Music Streaming Market

As the music streaming market reacts to the introduction of Pandora Plus, as well as new on-demand services anticipated from Pandora and Amazon, research shows Pandora with the leading share of weekly music streaming hours in the United States in the second quarter of 2016. Nearly one-third (30 percent) of the time consumers spent streaming read more »

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August 22, 2016

For Music Streamers, Playlists Becoming The New Radio

New consumer survey finds that nine out of 10 Spotify and Apple Music users have listened to or created a music-streaming-service playlist, and half of their premium subscribers listen to playlists every time they use the service A new study released by MusicWatch, a company providing consumer research for the music industry. profiled the usage read more »

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July 14, 2016

A Mid-Year Look At Vinyl

The headlines from BuzzAngle’s mid-year music report focused on the growth of on-demand streaming and the carnage surrounding the paid digital download market. Eventually we will turn to everyone’s favorite music topic: Vinyl. BuzzAngle reported a 17% increase in vinyl sales for the first half of 2016, and while not quite the torrid pace of read more »

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February 22, 2016

Bad Company, You Can’t Deny

(With apologies to Paul Rodgers) 57M in US Still Acquiring Unlicensed Music The BBC reported on February 17 that Kanye West’s “Life of Pablo” has already been pirated 500,000 times.  According to the article on The Next Web quoting those statistics, piracy is at historic lows. Respectfully, that is a popular belief, though wholly incorrect. read more »

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January 6, 2016

Is It Live Or Is It Streaming?

Please click here to download the presentation deck from CES 2016.