2017 Streaming Wars: Will Spotify, Apple Music or Amazon Dominate?


In a year full of milestones, 2016 became the first time ­streaming overtook sales as the music industry’s dominant model, accounting for 51.3 percent of album consumption and besting physical and downloads combined, ­according to Nielsen Music. Now in 2017, a series of factors are ­converging that could leave some of its most significant players behind. First, the good news: Streaming led the U.S. music industry to its first back-to-back yearly growth this millennium and in the first half of 2016 was the single ­highest source of revenue in the U.S. recorded-music industry, ­bringing in $1.61 billion. read more at billboard.com

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