Music downloads decline, while on-demand audio streaming surges 50% in first half of 2014

Music downloads decline, while on-demand audio streaming surges 50% in first half of 2014
We’re quickly switching from our habit of purchasing separate albums and songs to paying a monthly fee for unlimited music streaming, according to the latest data from Nielsen. The researcher found that sales of individual songs in the United States fell 13% year-on-year in the first half of 2014, while album downloads declined by 11.6%.

In stark contrast, U.S. on-demand music streaming via apps like Spotify grew 50.1% year-on-year in H1 2014.

“With On-Demand streams surpassing 70 billion songs in the first six months of 2014, streaming continues to be an increasingly significant portion of the music industry,” says David Bakula, SVP of Nielsen Entertainment

If you ever doubted Apple’s motivation for purchasing the Beats Audio music streaming service earlier this year, these latest stats give you a very clear reason for the purchase. Beats’ Music online streaming could in fact provide a lifeline for the declining music sales business for Apple. We know that Apple’s iTunes store in particular has also been affected by this trend, as earlier in May, Apple’s own Eddy Cue admitted that the company’s music sales business was declining.

With all this in mind, take a look at this year’s trends: how much downloads of songs and albums were generated, as well as which ones were the most popular right below.


source: Nielsen via 9to5Mac

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19 Comments

1. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Music Unlimited FTW!

3. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

True Sony fanboy!

4. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Fan. No but it's really good.

5. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

You're still a teen, so its legit to call you a boy :D

7. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Let's make it fan boy not fanboy :)

18. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Fanboy - A pathetic insult often used by fanboys themselves to try and put down people who don't like whatever it is they like.

2. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Looks like I'm too old school. :( Muricans spend too much. Life on EMIs.

6. DnB925Art

Posts: 1167; Member since: May 23, 2013

Since I've switched to Google Play Music All Access (Signed up during the $7.99 promo ;) ), I've only maybe bought 2 or 3 songs. The rest I've found on either GPMAA or Soubdcloud. Now that Sprint has also given me Spotify Premium for free, well all the better and more streaming!

8. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Napster FTW.....btw Frozen is 1st on charts SERIOUSLY....

9. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Spotify ftw.

12. Astoni

Posts: 649; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Spotify FTW!

13. wilsong17 unregistered

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14. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Viral player

15. wilsong17 unregistered

what is viral player

16. wilsong17 unregistered

nvm wow very nice i just saw on xda

17. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Similar to Youtube, but this lets you float and resize the player on front of your screen. Download it and try it.

19. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Youtube music quality is a joke, anything less than 320kbps is bad, high bitrate FLAC preferred whenever possible.. If you can't hear the difference you need to buy some new headphones or get your ears checked.

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