Nielsen ranks top US smartphone apps of 2016
You could be excused for blinking at Nielsen’s claim that Apple Music averaged more than 68 million monthly users in the US alone last year. However, the company is referring to Apple’s ‘Music’ app – the one...
January 3, 2017
Virtual reality early adopters over-index on concert spending
A lot of the experimentation going on around virtual reality and music focuses on live performances: reimagining concert footage as a wraparound, 360-degree experience. But will there be a big demand for this? New research...
October 5, 2016
Nielsen study analyses US music listening
Nielsen has published its annual Music 360 study of American listeners, including their preferred methods of accessing music. Radio remains popular, with respondents preferring it as their music source 27% of the time, compared...
September 21, 2016
Nielsen reveals stats on Canadian music industry in 2015
Nielsen has published its year-end Canadian music report for 2015, striking an upbeat note. “Canadians are spending more hours per week listening to music (and listening more on their phones), going to more live music...
January 14, 2016
Streaming doubled in the US in 2015 says Nielsen
It’s a big week for 2015 figures in the music industry, with Nielsen releasing its latest stats for the US recorded-music market. The big headline is the doubling of streaming: 317.2bn songs streamed in 2015 compared...
January 6, 2016
US music streams have nearly doubled in 2015 so far
The number of music tracks streamed by Americans has nearly doubled in the first nine months of 2015, according to the latest figures from Nielsen SoundScan. That’s 232bn streams between January and September, compared...
October 9, 2015
75% of Americans listen to music online says Nielsen
Nielsen’s latest Music 360 report has some updated stats on music consumption in the US, including the claims that while 91% of Americans listen to music, 75% of them do it online in a typical week, while 44% do it on their...
September 15, 2015
US download sales hit an eight-year low last week
The week ending 27 August saw just under 15.7m music downloads sold in the US according to Nielsen Music, which is the lowest weekly total in nearly eight years. And in neat symmetry, the week also saw the highest ever total...
September 4, 2015
US music streams nearly doubled year-on-year
Late last week we reported on the booming streaming market in the UK – in terms of consumption at least – with streams up 80% in the first half of 2015, year-on-year. That rise was outperformed in the US though,...
July 6, 2015
Music subscription uptake is low but losing paying users is the real time bomb
Here are interesting slides from a Nielsen presentation at the recent EDMbiz Conference & Expo in Las Vegas which claims that just over 3% of annual consumer spend on music is on subscription services. It ranks just above...
June 29, 2015
Apple’s “listening valuation” app for radio?
Now this is intriguing. Amid all the hoo-hah this week about the launch of Apple Music and Beats 1, New Slang Media has posted an interesting blog that posits the theory that Beats 1 has the potential to blow the old diary-based...
June 12, 2015