Last year, revenues from streaming music services grew 39% to hit $1.4 billion.
Consumer opinion suggests that delivering ads in the traditional manner of radio is less likely to be tolerated in the streaming realm.
In 2012, music listeners in the UK streamed 3.7 billion tracks, according to BPI; in 2013, that figure doubled to 7.4 billion.
Average monthly hours listening to online music is expected to reach 6.70 billion in 2016, up from 4.22 billion in 2014.
The majority of US mobile users surveyed in December 2013 said they listened to mobile music at least sometimes, and around half of that group played songs often.
US internet users were far more likely to purchase music on a computer than on a mobile device, at 50.0% vs. 27.3%.
Since peaking at $14.6 billion in 1999, the recording industry has shrunk to less than half its size, barely besting $7 billion in 2012.
Estimates from research firm IBIS World project that worldwide revenues for music will fall from $27.6 billion this year to $26.3 billion by 2017.
56% of US smart phone owners used their phone for listening to music.
Of the streaming services used by US music listeners, Pandora’s free service dominated, in use by 39% of respondents.