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US Music Streaming Revenue Grows 57% in First Half of 2016

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    Lucas Shaw, writing for Bloomberg, on a new RIAA report that shows US streaming revenue growing 57% in the first half of 2016:

    For the good news to continue, sales of paid subscriptions must outpace the declining purchases of music, whether downloaded or on a CD. Physical music sales tumbled 14 percent while downloads also shrank by a double-digit percentage. Streaming holds promise because the cost of a one-year subscription — $120 — is more than the average consumer spent on CDs, even at the peak.

    “We’re starting to see on-demand music streaming as no longer a thing that hipster college kids and young people do,’’ said Larry Miller, a former industry executive who now teaches music business at New York University.