TikTok tipped to have 52.2m users in the US by 2021
Research firm eMarketer has published its latest predictions for the growth of TikTok in the US and UK. It claims that in 2019, TikTok doubled its user base in the US from 18.8 million people to 37.2 million. Now it expects...
February 28, 2020
Twitch tipped to reach 37.5m active viewers in the US this year
Amazon’s live-video platform Twitch will be watched by 37.5 million Americans this year, rising to 41.2 million in 2021. At least, that’s research firm eMarketer’s prediction: the first time it’s published estimates...
February 21, 2020
YouTube dominates mobile video-streaming time says App Annie
YouTube remains the Billy Big Boots of the online video world, according to the latest report from mobile analytics firm App Annie. It claims that of the time spent in the world’s five most popular video streaming apps...
February 14, 2020
Smart-speaker user growth is slowing in the US, says eMarketer
Some new smart-speaker predictions from research firm eMarketer are generating headlines mainly based on the claims about Amazon’s ongoing domination of the market in the US. We’ll get to those in a minute. We think...
February 11, 2020
Disney+ video service races to 28.6m subscribers
Disney published its latest financial results yesterday, and they included a new figure for the number of people subscribing to its new Disney+ video streaming service. “As we reported previously, we had more than 10 million...
February 5, 2020
Spotify ‘Discovered On’ listener count is now for artists’ eyes only
Spotify has made a small change to its desktop application that is causing some ripples of discontent among its community of playlist creators. The change is on the ‘Discovered On’ section within artists’ profiles on...
January 31, 2020
Americans notched up 1.15tn on-demand music streams in 2019
The UK and Germany – saw annual audio music streams pass the 100bn mark in 2019: 114bn and 107bn respectively. Now, with the greatest respect, the US is telling those fellow ‘big four’ global recorded music markets...
January 10, 2020
Canalys predicts big year for wireless headphones and earphones
Research firm Canalys expects wireless earphones and wireless headphones – ‘the smart personal audio device market’ – to have a very big 2020. “In Q3 2019, the worldwide smart personal audio device market grew...
January 2, 2020
BTS show off Spotify stats, but YouTube still bigger for them
The latest act to get into the Spotify Wrapped co-promotion mood are BTS, with the headline stat being that their music has been streamed over 3bn times on Spotify in 2019. Those streams come from 60 million people across...
December 16, 2019
Recording Academy publishes diversity and inclusion findings
Awards shows have been regularly criticised in recent years for a lack of diversity, although that criticism has often spurred improvements. This year’s Grammys, for example, were hailed as an “exemplary model of diversity...
December 13, 2019
Shipments of wearable devices have nearly doubled year-on-year
Apple’s smartwatch and earphones were a key driver behind the fact that shipments of wearable devices nearly doubled year-on-year last quarter. Research firm IDC put the stats out: it claims that global shipments of wearables...
December 10, 2019
Report: Spotify has 36% market share of music-streaming subs
Spotify, Tencent Music and Pandora announce their subscriber figures on a quarterly basis, but other music-streaming services can be more selective about when they publish stats (if they do at all). Consultancy firm Midia...
December 9, 2019