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On-demand music streaming up 42% over 2013, as digital sales continue downward trend

By Jos
Jul 4, 2014
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  1. Digital music consumption is rapidly shifting from downloads to the streaming model popularized by the likes of Spotify and Pandora. According to Nielsen's U.S. music report on the first half of 2014, digital album sales are down 11.6%, while purchases...

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  2. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,553   +854

    When ISPs that provide to residential but especially commercial needs (e.x. mcdonalds, starbucks, malls, towns) start adding data caps in the next few years as seems to be the trend, and said places stop offering wifi, watch the streaming numbers shoot down.
     
  3. Matt12345170

    Matt12345170 TS Booster Posts: 100   +28

    I don't know about you, but the big boys in Canada are already offering unlimited usage for a bit of extra coin, I am more than happy to pay for it, and I will continue to stream the majority of my music.

    EDIT: Home usage anyways (where I listen to my music, I may be in the minority that doesn't really listen on the go.
     
  4. BlueDrake

    BlueDrake TS Evangelist Posts: 350   +103

    Quite true. Do companies allow such services, on company time if it helps improve work? That I'm completely in the dark on, because I'm curious about that being done at all. Even if it meant headphones or something, just so it doesn't disturb people. Also I doubt they honestly count other places, other than the big music stores digital or not for info on sales.
     
  5. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,476   +2,034

    It sounds popular but I will never pay to listen to music.
     
  6. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,558   +598

    So you're saying artists shouldn't be reimbursed for their creations? They should just make music and give it to you?
     
  7. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,216   +1,240

    That is an odd statement. Streaming services are great.
     
  8. misor

    misor TS Evangelist Posts: 1,163   +197

    I'm just wondering what's best, pay for 1$/song or pay $/month for 'unlimited' music streaming?
     
  9. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,690   +1,879

    OK, y'all lost me. I still buy CDs and mix from them, save for the random Mp3 I can't find on disc.

    Besides, I burn Mp3 albums as Audio CDs, and play them on the home audio system. I just can't seem to wrap my head around the computer being the god I pray to, for all my media needs.

    The stereo is for music. The TV is for TV, DVD, and Blu-Ray, and the computer is for photography. Wut, that isn't how it's supposed to work?
     
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  10. misor

    misor TS Evangelist Posts: 1,163   +197

    so your source of free music is...fm radio?
    (if that's the case, we're in the same bandwagon. :) )
     
  11. While the Sirius XM built into my car is convenient, I wish there was a way to change to another service. I want music with no DJ's and no advertisements, the "You're listening to Sirius XM, commercial free radio" is in fact a commercial. I know I could get an app on my phone and set it each time I go in my car, but I want something built in (to the car radio)...
     
  12. misor

    misor TS Evangelist Posts: 1,163   +197

    and the computer is for prawn. (fixed that for you.) :)

    so no windows media center for your windows OS computer?
     
  13. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,216   +1,240

    You can listen to streaming services like Spotify for free as well and they are still better than the radio.

    Depends if you are the kind of person that likes just a few songs/bands or if you are someone like me who likes to listen to heaps of random stuff. If you are the latter a monthly subscription is best, if you prefer to listen to a few select songs then buying them individually is better value. That said most streaming services are free with ads anyway.
     
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  14. xXCrossCheckXx

    xXCrossCheckXx TS Rookie

    This is why you are seeing T-Mobile allowing people unlimited music streaming and not counting it against your data caps.

    I stream a lot especially since I work in a water bottling plant and it helps drown out the repetitive machine noise...helps keep me sane
     
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  15. Maybe they should.

    It's pretty clear that music sales are steadily declining and that before long it will be inconceivable that someone can make a living simply by selling the product of music. Music is no longer a physical good. There is no record to press, no cd, no tape, no physical product. More and more in our digital lives music is just a file somewhere.

    The future of making money from music lies not in selling the files, rather, in other forms. Merchandise, tours, commercials, etc. are the ways that people will have success. In fact, I could argue that those have always been the ways people have made their money. The MOST successful artists of all time, KISS, JayZ, or whoever you can think of probably had a clothing line, a merchandise line, and various other outlets.

    People want to act like the internet and piracy are going to kill the music industry because they're stealing all these artists hard work. In actuality, music will always be made and money will always be made by musicians who want to get rich and famous.
     
  16. The Chad

    The Chad TS Enthusiast Posts: 23   +7

    I guess Im old school, but I hooked my Zune hd up to the sync system in my MKZ and don't really see the need to pay a streaming service But my music collection spans close to 40 years. And music these days just doesn't seem worth listening to give me 80's punk, grunge, hardcore and oldschool rap and I'm good. Also talk radio. Don't judge me I'm old. Streaming movies now that's something I do all the time, And not just porn... lol
     
  17. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,476   +2,034

    Depends if you are the kind of person that likes just a few songs/bands or if you are someone like me who likes to listen to heaps of random stuff. If you are the latter a monthly subscription is best, if you prefer to listen to a few select songs then buying them individually is better value. That said most streaming services are free with ads anyway.[/quote]
    We don't have streaming services like Spotify yet, no doubt it'll come one of these days but I'm not sure I'll be interested in anything like it but in the meantime the my radio runs in the background.
     
  18. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,476   +2,034

    It's just different strokes. I'm not sold on it yet.
     

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