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Streaming in US: 36 million different songs, 706 billion streams per year, half of them songs over three year old

Fascinating starts from AlphaData, for the United States music streaming market:

  • In 2019 Audio on-demand streams reached a total of 705,8 billion streams, an increase of 171,2 billion from 2018
  • In 2018, 36,3 million different songs were streamed. 
  • Average streams per song in 2018: 14.7.
  • The number of different songs streamed increased by 3.1 million in 2018 and 4.9 in 2017.
  • 2017 Average streams per song in tiers:
    • Top 50 songs: 293.9 million
    • Next 450: 89.6 million
    • Next 4,500: 21,5 million
    • Next 45,000: 2.8 million
    • Next 450,000: 170 thousand
    • Rest of 32,7 million songs: 737 streams
  • The top 25 songs of 2019 averaged 464.7 million streams, or 1.6% of total streams.
  • Consumption breakdown of audio streams by release period In 2018:
    • New (less than 8 weeks): 10.8%
    • Recent (between 8 and 78 weeks): 27.0%
    • Catalog (between 78 and 156 weeks): 13.5%
    • Deep Catalog (over 156 weeks): 45.9%
  • Just an amazing detail about songs sold: the number of titles decreased from 7.1 million in 2017 to 6.7 million in 2018)

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