Streaming Revenue Is Catching Up to Digital Download Revenue…

According to new data from the RIAA, streaming revenue is catching up to digital download revenue in the US. In 2014 streaming revenue was at $1.9 billion and digital download revenue was at $2.6 million.

Streaming revenue has been steadily rising since 2010. Digital downloads hit their peak in 2012, and have been declining ever since.
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Here’s how streaming factored into total US music industry revenue in 2014. Digital downloads are barely leading, with physical and streaming revenue close to one third each. Synchronization and ringtones barely make an appearance.


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10 Responses

    • JTVDigital

      Downloads decline because consumption habits are changing. Access over ownership.
      “Streaming revenue has been steadily rising since 2010. Digital downloads hit their peak in 2012, and have been declining ever since.”
      A peak is a peak, regardless of what happens around.
      If you look at the graph (figure 7) until 2012 both download and streaming revenues were progressing with the same proportions (approx + $0.2 billion per year).

  1. FarePlay

    Why would you leave physical product sales out of your numbers? Why is it just digital?

  2. Remi Swierczek

    Ek’s plan calls for extinction of 2/3 (69% to be exact) of your beautiful pie!

    If we do not interrupt and introduce logic US music industry will never go above $7B again.

    • FarePlay

      You give Ek too much credit. He’s an outsider telling an industry that he,has no experience with that he knows the future. And an industry that has clearly lost it’s way is finally waking up to the end. Does tech so despise music and other creatives so deeply that they have no concern for the future of ART in America or are they so narcissistic that they could care less.

      None of this has to do with progress, because progress in of itself has no value unless it contributes to society without marginalizing others.

      • Remi Swierczek

        We need access to Larry Page.
        He is not aware of the GRAND MOONSHOT OPPORTUNITY music can bring to Google.
        $100B+ music industry, which is obvious to an IDIOT, can and will double Google.

        We cannot count on labels anymore. They are all busy dusting off bow-ties for next Grammy Awards!

        UMG switchboard WILL NOT connect to Sir Lucian Grainge office!
        They will not connect to Sir Lucian Grainge ASSISTANT either!
        They will take your name, phone number email and WILL NEVER RESPOND.

        Brilliant corporate culture for the leader of ever shrinking music industry.

    • Tcooke

      Remi right. He knows what the fuck he talking about. Wake the fuck up.

      • smg77

        He thinks people are going to a per use fee for Shazam. He has no idea what he’s talking about.


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