Orderly Transition: As Paid Music Streaming Escalates No Paying Downloader Can Be Left Behind

As rapidly as the music business is moving to paid streaming subscriptions from paid downloads there’s an argument to be made that it needs to move even faster…Even as Americans bought fewer CDs we continued to listen to them. CD revenues fell 52 percent between 2011 and 2015 (RIAA), yet the percent of people who listened remained reasonably steady at a few points above 50 percent. As recently as Q3 2016 MusicWatch’s audiocensussm monthly tracking survey shows that 52% of the internet population listened to a CD in the past three months.

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