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Over the course of a few days, developments in the music subscription sector have illustrated both the potential of music access services and the problems faced in convincing some in the recorded music industry that their future is in safe hands.


  • Earlier this year, the IFPI estimated that 41 million people around the world had signed up to a music subscription service by the end of 2014, up from 28 million at the end of 2013, and just eight million in 2010.

Features and Benefits

  • The research note details a week in music streaming that has illustrated how big the sector could become but also the problems that need solving.
  • The research note looks at artist complaints over royalty rates, accusations of missing royalties, and why the barriers to growth may be of the music industry's own making.

Key questions answered

  • Is James Blunt right to complain about low rates payable by Spotify?
  • What is the root cause and solution to the disagreement between Victory Records and Spotify?

Table of contents

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  • Summary
  • The pleasure and pain of music access services
  • Measuring music subscription service success
  • More complex measure of service success


  • Author

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