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Music Streaming Helped The Industry To Grow By 16.5%

Written by Nitish Singh
Last updated September 24, 2021

In all honesty, recorded music rarely sales, yet it is a billion-dollar business in the US, and the revenues are still climbing. The Recording Industry Association of America or the RIAA, in short, has released their annual year-end report sighting that revenues from recorded music grew by 16.5% with much thanks to music streaming.

According to the report, the industry saw revenues climb up to $8.72 billion in 2017 from $7.5 billion (approx.) in 2016. This concludes a double-digit growth for two consecutive years, with no signs of slowing down. In fact, following the current trend, it won’t be too far-fetched to see the music industry incur a 20% revenue growth in 2018.

Music streaming accounted for 65% of all the revenues that came from recorded music. In fact, just from streaming alone, the music industry made $5.7 billion in 2017, which is a big jump from $4 billion in 2016, previously tailed by $2.3 billion in 2015. The rate of growth is by no means short of being phenomenal.

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Most of the money made by the industry came from consumers who have decided to start paying for their on-demand music streaming privileges. Music streaming has around 35 million paying consumers who contributed to about $4.1 billion to the industry. Meanwhile, the consumers who are using a free, ad-supported subscription to streaming music helped generate around $659 million in 2017. Granted this might not be much in comparison, but still, it is up by 33% from 2016.

The only area to see a fall in revenues would be the “digital and customized radio services,” like SiriusXM and other internet radio stations. They managed to bring in around $1 billion which is lower when compared to their 2016 performance.



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