Paid Music Streaming Subscribers Surpass 50 Million in US, But There’s a Twist

An estimated 51 million people in the U.S. are now paying monthly subscriptions for music streaming services — nearly double the number of subscribers at the end of 2016. The new milestone underscores the sustained popularity of Spotify, Apple Music and other paid streaming services — which collectively generated 65 percent of recorded-music revenue in the U.S. in 2017, according to the RIAA, and is currently fueling the domestic music industry’s fourth consecutive year of growth after nearly 20 years of decline.

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