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While it is certainly much too early to suggest that the access service bubble is anywhere near close to bursting, its rate of inflation is slowing down and could well become a cause for concern in the next year or so.


  • Later this year, the global trade body the IFPI will report the most positive year for recorded-music sales this century.
  • Audio subscriptions will undoubtedly be the star of the show and the combination of subscription payments and advertising income will boost streaming to the top of the earnings pile.

Features and Benefits

  • Details the latest results surrounding the rise of music streaming.
  • Critiques the idea that streaming will propel the recorded-music industry back to the glory days of the late 1990s.

Key questions answered

  • Why should music companies hold back from celebrating the return to the recorded-music good times?
  • Why could YouTube turn out to be the recorded-music sector's best partner?

Table of contents

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  • Summary
  • New milestones for music access
  • Streaming revenue for the three majors
  • A different ball game with new players


  • Author

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