Digital music revenues worldwide rose nearly 7% last year to hit $6.85 billion, tying physical sales in share for the first time, at 46% each.
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Among American adults who use audio players in the car, two-thirds first turn on the AM/FM radio when listening to music.
27% of US consumers listened to Pandora, vs. 7% who used Spotify.
Spotify’s audience skews much younger than Pandora’s. nearly two-thirds of US Spotify users were between the ages of 13 and 29, with 18- to 24-year-olds accounting for the largest share.
Taylor Swift cleverly teased the premier of her Bad Blood music video at the Billboard Music Awards with a series of Sin City-style posters.
Digital subscription and streaming revenues grew by almost 29% last year to reach roughly $1.87 billion, surpassing sales of CDs ($1.85 billion) in the process, according to a report from the RIAA.
AM/FM radio continues to be the preferred medium among core radio listeners, with 81% of weekly radio station listening taking place on an AM/FM radio in a vehicle (51%) or at home, work, or school (30%).
Spotify reported that users created more than 14,000 playlists under the BMW program.
Some 44% of Americans aged 12 and up listen to online radio on a weekly basis, up from 36% last year and 33% the year prior.