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The State of Music Streaming in 2016: Today’s Top Players

The way that we discover, listen to and absorb music has drastically changed in the past decade. With seemingly never-ending supplies of artists and albums, and powerful recording software to save every song, the possibilities for absorbing music are simply too tempting to pass up. While this consumption has evolved with new technology and services, music consumers’ hunger for music is as strong as it ever has been.

In 2015, Nielsen found that 317 billion streams occurred – an increase of close to 93% from the 2014. The power of streaming services, as well as their consistent growth, has progressed as more music listeners adopt the notion of streaming artists digitally, rather than owning music in other physical forms.

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As music streaming grows steadily in popularity, it naturally takes a cut out of other market segements like CD’s and digital downloads – down 11% and 3%, respectively. Surprising to some, vinyl records are the only physical form growing in popularity (a 29% increase from 2014), as listeners have begun to seek more nostalgic ways of consuming music. Nevertheless, streaming services are dominating the industry.

Top Players

Today’s biggest services in music streaming are now household names – Spotify, Pandora, Deezer, and most recently introduced, Apple Music.

(Chart via Statista)

Spotify

By far the leader in the music streaming market, Spotify experienced the fastest subscriber growth in the entirety of its 7 years in business in the last half of 2015 alone. Recent estimates put the company’s paying subscriber base between 25 and 30 million people, with their free plan reigning in 75-100 million.

Music Business Worldwide reported in June of last year that “Spotify was already the most heavily financed music service in history and it has nearly doubled its total investment in one single round, taking the total to more than $1.1 billion with a valuation of $8.5 billion. That translates to $55 of investment per subscriber.” This definitively makes them worth more than half of the global recorded music industry.

Learn how to record music from Spotify.

Apple Music

The Financial Times reported in January of this year that Apple Music has already surpassed 10 million subscribers. Why is this intimidating? The company only launched their music streaming service at the end of June 2015 – a mere 6 months ago – while services like Spotify have had their hat in the ring for several years.

With the added advantage of many peoples’ familiarity with Apple products and downloading music through iTunes, Apple is set up to scale their growth even bigger. If Apple keeps up this rate of paid subscriber growth, they are sure to reach 100 million in 6 years, compared to the 10 million that Spotify earned within same time frame.

Learn how to record music from Apple Music.

Pandora

Still going (somewhat) strong in the market is Pandora, arguably the first and one of the best, streaming services out there. However, with the increase in rivalry among these music services, Pandora is falling out of the spotlight. After Apple announced the launch of Apple Music last summer, shares in Pandora fell by 35 percent in one day, wiping away $1.4 billion in the company’s market value.

In response largely to this threat, Pandora snagged streaming up-and-comer Rdio, aiming to grow more into Spotify’s market territory. Competitive threats aside, the company reported that sales in the third quarter jumped 30% to $311.6 million, compared to the same period a year earlier.

Learn how to record music from Pandora.

With the ever-changing landscape of the music streaming industry, who do you think will be dominating the market this year? Let us know your theories in the comments below!

The Best Sports Podcasts to Record & Save

From the TV to the Internet to radio, those of us who love sports love following information and opinions about the athletes and the game(s). In the most recent years, podcasts have become yet another medium for fans to keep track of their favorite teams, players and more.

As 2016 gears up for some incredible, heated events in football, basketball, baseball, hockey, and more, we decided to round up some of our favorite podcasts for any sports fan to enjoy. The best part? You can use the Media Guide in Replay Radio to subscribe to, schedule, record and save them all.

1. Move the Sticks

There are hundreds of NFL podcasts to choose from, but Move the Sticks is a cut above the rest. With a casual vibe, it’s approachable and easy to listen to anytime. And, for anyone just starting out watching football, hosts/former scouts Daniel Jeremiah and Bucky Brooks, provide excellent insight and know-how to set you off on the right foot.

2. Baseball Tonight

The podcast version of Baseball Tonight, hosted by the infamous Buster Olney, is said to be even better than its ESPN TV counterpart. Olney has a charisma perfect for making connections, drawing insights and asserting his own opinions into every show, making it both smart and fun. ESPN personalities, along with some writers, fill the airtime with a number of topics in the MLB world.

3. The Art of Wrestling

Perhaps one of the most widely misunderstood of sports, pro wrestling has its own segment of sports podcasts to get into the ears of fans. With the ever entertaining wrestler Colt Cabana as host, hilarious stories, commentaries, special guests and more, The Art of Wrestling will always keep you interested and updated on the WWE.

4. Football Weekly

While Football Weekly isn’t about the NFL, it takes a very smart look everything in the soccer world. Hosted by a group of self-proclaimed soccer fanatics (James Richardson, Rafa Honigstein, Sid Lowe) go into intense detail every week on the happenings of various leagues, small and large. If you’re a soccer fan, or getting into the sport, we definitely recommend giving this podcast a go.

5. Hot Takedown

For all of your statistical analyses and firm facts, try out the podcast, Hot Takedown. Easy to listen to and informative to boot, this show is constantly proving how intelligent it is for anyone who is serious about all things in the sporting world. Game breakdowns, stats, and decisions proven right/wrong? Sign us up.

Get Replay Radio today to record and save all your favorite podcasts, or download the full Replay Capture Suite for even more great recording software!

The Most Exciting Live Streaming Events for 2016

If you’re anything like us, January brings excitement for the upcoming bustle of live events that we’ve been tuning into for years. Beyond the obvious excitement that settles in, it brings about feelings of nostalgia, community and tradition.

As global celebrations, major sporting events and award shows — like the Golden Globes this past weekend — have begun their shift into the digital age and adapt to current needs, more and more of these renowned live experiences are supporting online streaming formats.

With today’s streaming services, combined with the recording power of Applian software, you can get ahead of every one of these major live events happening in 2016 and capture them forever!

Super Bowl 50

When: FEBRUARY 7 // 3:25 PST & 6:25 EST

Get ready for all the grabs, kicks and passes you can handle. Happening in our very own Bay Area, Super Bowl 50 is going to be one to remember – and you can steam and record it all from the comfort of your couch!

Stream the Super Bowl live through NBC, and record all of the spontaneous action, half time madness, and winning touchdowns with Replay Video Capture.

February Republican & Democratic Debates

When: JANUARY 14 (Republican) // 6:00 PST & 9:00 EST and FEBRUARY 11 (Democratic) // 6:00 PST & 9:00 EST

PBS NewsHour will be producing, broadcasting and streaming the upcoming Democratic debate, live from The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and hosted by PBS’ own Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff. Before the Democrats have their fun, however, FOX Business Network is set to live stream the Republican Debate this week on January 14. Neil Cavuto and Maria Bartiromo will be moderating this debate live from the North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center.

No matter whose side you’re on, you can use Replay Video Capture to record the entire event directly from the PBS live stream.

88th Academy Awards (Oscars)

When: FEBRUARY 28 // 5:30 PST & 8:30 EST

We’re always surprised by the amount of talent that is recognized and reflected upon during the Academy Awards. Stay tuned for all of the noteworthy nominees announced this week, then be sure to download Replay Video Capture to watch and record the whole live ceremony from your own computer!

NCAA March Madness

When: MARCH 15 – APRIL 4

A tradition rooted in, well… madness, March Madness is one of the most adrenaline-packed ongoing events in all of basketball. Lucky for those NCAA subscribers, every game will be live streamed online! And, if you’re using a TV provider partnered with the NCAA for March Madness, you can view and record it all with Replay Video Capture.

2016 Summer Olympics

When: AUGUST 5 – 21

Rio de Janeiro is the perfect backdrop to our upcoming Olympics! We can’t wait for all of the diving, boxing, canoeing, and gymnastics action – and NBC Sports will be streaming all the action online! Check out the full Summer Olympics 2016 live stream schedule here before the action begins and get ready to record with Replay Video Capture.

Download the best Applian software today to record all of the most exciting live events happening in 2016.

New Year, New Flicks: Netflix 2016

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With the new year comes new Netflix streaming options to keep you cozy on those chilly winter nights. Prepare yourself for the flurry of new arrivals, and many new original series, set to hit the laptop screen this year with Replay Video Capture!

Like all good (and new) things, they don’t last forever. Be sure to set up a time to record with your Replay Video Capture software, and have all of the streaming control you want with these flicks, even after they’re gone. Here are some of our favorites now available (or available soon) on Netflix:

Chelsea Does

Get ready to get real and laugh out loud. Late night host and comedian Chelsea Handler is turning documentarian for this Netflix Original series. The new show will explore several hot topics and the facts around them, including Silicon Valley, marriage, racism, and drugs.

Parks & Recreation

Make some waffles and buy some whipped cream – the final season of the hilarious Parks & Recreation is coming mid-January! We’re going to miss all of the hijinks in Pawnee, Indiana, but can’t wait to capture the last episodes forever with RVC.

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Across the Universe

Everyone’s favorite trippy, Beatles-inspired film from 2007 is coming soon to Netflix. With classic pop songs re-imagined and an incredibly charismatic cast, this is a flick you’ll have to capture to watch again and again.

Fuller House

THE TANNER’S ARE BACK. Though the Olsen twins won’t be joining the show, the majority of the original Full House cast signed on for this Netflix Original spin-off, Fuller House, set in the same beautiful house in San Francisco.

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The Ranch

In a reunion no one could anticipate, Ashton Kutcher and That ’70s Show costar Danny Masterson team up for this Netflix Original comedy set out in the country. The two play brothers taking over the family ranching business from their father. And hilarity is sure to ensue.

A Series of Unfortunate Events

Not much information has been released yet about this upcoming Netflix Original series, but we have high hopes for the show based on the Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events book series. It’s doubtful that Jim Carrey will be involved in this one, but we can hope.

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The Frontier

We’re pretty excited to see Game of Thrones’ Jason Momoa on a regular basis in the upcoming adventure-drama, The Frontier. Momoa stars in this original series that centers around a group of fur traders, and their bloody business conflicts in the 18th century.

An Affair to Remember

Lust, fear, and a missed connection at the Empire State Building. Gather up your fuzzy blanket and box of tissues – the classic 1957 tear-jerking love story An Affair to Remember comes to Netflix early this year.

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Marvel’s Luke Cage

If you binge-watched Jessica Jones like we did, you’ll already have been introduced to the next Netflix Original / Marvel mashup, Luke Cage. Mike Colter stars in the upcoming series, where action and adrenaline are sure to be experienced in droves.

Star Trek

Nerds and nostalgia, rejoice! A handful of original Start Trek movies will be available to stream (and record) soon. The full lineup of additions includes: Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986); Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991); Star Trek: Generations (1994); and Star Trek: Insurrection (1998).

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Check out our video on how to use Replay Video Capture to record shows and movies from Netflix:

Download Replay Video Capture today and say hello to all of your favorite Netflix shows and movies, recordable for years to come!

Our 5 Favorite Podcasts for Starting Fresh in the New Year

Look out world, a brand new me is ready to come alive!

The start to any new year is followed by a flurry of resolution-filled thoughts buzzing around. Whether they be inspirational (like being healthier) or a little more tactical (like flossing every morning), chances are that you’re not alone – there are people out there talking about many of the very same things you’re attempting and learning.

Podcasts exist for every facet of thought, skill or helpful tip, and we created our software to help you keep them anywhere! Here’s a selection of our favorite podcasts for starting fresh this new year that you can capture using Replay Radio.

Inspirational: The School of Greatness

Be the best you that you can be with the help of Lewis Howes and his podcast on personal development. With the goal of sharing inspirational stories of leadership, Howes shares essential life tips for gaining confidence and overcoming adversity, as well as stories from the most brilliant business minds, world class athletes and influential celebrities.

Use the Media Guide integrated in Replay Radio to subscribe to The School of Greatness.

Goal-Packed: Achieve Your Goals with Hal Elrod

It’s always been said that if at first you don’t succeed, try again. Achieve Your Goals, hosted by Hal Elrod, shows you how to start over setting goals and objectives, and creating successful habits, so you can live life to the fullest. From a new career to a DIY project, learn how to set attainable goals and find the steps to get there with this informative, confidence-boosting podcast.

Use the Media Guide integrated in Replay Radio to subscribe to Achieve Your Goals with Hal Elrod.

Skill Center: Stuff You Should Know

Learn new things in droves this new year, without ever leaving home! Brought to you by the team over at HowStuffWorks.com, Stuff You Should Know is a quirky, informative podcast hosted by writers/curious geeks Chuck Bryant and Josh Clark. The podcast explores random topics based on investigative research and personal anecdotes – Feng shui, gangs, history, you name it.

Use the Media Guide integrated in Replay Radio to subscribe to Stuff You Should Know.

Clutter-Free: Organize Mindfully

Perhaps one of the most over-used (and under-appreciated) resolutions is to get organized and de-clutter, either personally or professionally. Organize Mindfully brings organization professionals, designers and mindfulness teachers right to your ears – the podcast shares new ideas, tips & techniques so you can bring order to your hectic life.

Use the Media Guide integrated in Replay Radio to subscribe to Organize Mindfully.

Thought-Provoking: On Being

What does it mean to be a human being? Expand your mind with new ideas and concepts with On Being, hosted by Krista Tippett. “This weekly conversation grapples with the many facets of human connection and existence,” says TED Prize director Anna Verghese. “It explores value, faith and meaning.”

Use the Media Guide integrated in Replay Radio to subscribe to On Being.

Get Replay Radio today to record and save all your favorite podcasts, or download the full Replay Capture Suite for even more great recording software!

How to Capture the New Years’ Times Square Ball Drop in NYC

Every December 31st the world tunes in to watch the iconic symbol of the start to a new year. The ball drop at Times Square in New York City has been one of the most historical live moments across the United States for over 100 years.

Start a new tradition this New Years’ Eve – use Replay Media Catcher to save this year’s ball drop! You can make a cool New Years mashup video, share with those who couldn’t watch it, and more.

Catch the NYE 2016 ball drop live stream here:

Get Replay Media Catcher today to download and save the NYE 2016 ball drop at Times’ Square!

Wishing You a Happy Holiday!

From all of us at Applian, we wish you a happy holiday season and a wonderful new year.

Thank you all for your continued support – we couldn’t do it without you!

Here’s to another amazing year to come.

– Riki & the Applian Team

Video of the Month: How to Wrap a Cat for Christmas

We spend a lot of time analyzing debug logs and frequently give customers a quick 2 minute video to test, which means we’re often in search of short clips that end play a vital role in the data logging process. Needless to say, we watch videos (and other types of media) and want to share them with you!


 

With the holidays looming over our shoulder at every turn and the endless list of gifts to be gifted, we started swapping stories about the most ridiculous things we’ve ever had to wrap up.


Coffee mugs can be tricky, and broomsticks nearly impossible, but none of us have ever tried gift-wrapping a cat before!

So hilarious. So cute.

The Best Playlists to Record for Your Next Holiday Party

Your holiday party checklist is almost complete, but you’re not quite there until you settle on the perfect music to set the mood!

We’ve hand-selected 5 playlists and music stations for every kind of atmosphere this party season. Record and save them all with Replay Music, and expand your collection for many holidays to come.

1. A Very Jazzy Holiday

Crafted by professional Jazz musician Alex Norris, this playlist combines the pure sophistication and warm tones that any upscale celebration requires. Perfect for any wine-and-cheese gathering, holiday formal, or laid-back evening with the family.

2. Walking in a Music Wonderland

Steer clear of Christmas-specific songs and focus on the depth of the winter season with this stunning winter-themed playlist. The soft acoustics and sweet tones will add warmth to the chilliest season of the year, and your party guests will never feel more cozy.

3. Rock Songs for Holiday Music Haters

Classic music and indie lovers will find solace in this rock-inspired Christmas playlist. From the captivating Darlene Love to The Kinks, and My Morning Jacket to Bob Dylan, this roundup of rock-and-roll for the holidays will have your party guests tapping their toes all night long.

4. Warm & Traditional Holiday Tunes

Chock-full of classics like Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas,” and fresh pop hits like Justin Bieber’s “Mistletoe,” this playlist is for the more traditional party setting. It’s ideal for blasting on the speakers Christmas morning, enjoying a dressed-up evening with friends, or having a solo celebration in your apartment during the holidays.

5. The Festivus Station

Based on Seinfeld’s offbeat pseudo-holiday, Pandora launched a station dedicated to Festivus. The station will feature some knock-off holiday music, along with various bits of comedic relief from the creators of the show. So, break out your traditional Festivus aluminum pole – this is truly a holiday music station for the rest of us.

Access the Festivus station.

Learn more about using Replay Music to record streaming music playlists online, and save perfectly-captured tracks forever!

Holiday Miracle: How to Download Your Favorite Movies

Finding and watching the best holiday movies and shows this winter has never been easier!

With Replay Media Catcher’s built-in Media Guides, you can explore popular streams and download classics like A Christmas Story, Miracle on 34th Street, and White Christmas to curl up with. From television to videos to full-length movies, our powerful guides have your back this holiday season.

Replay Media Catcher will help you find and save your favorite online movies from directly within the software – never having to touch your browser. We made it simple to find and grab the best online content you want in one click.

Coupled with Replay Media Catcher’s powerful downloader, multiple conversion settings and handy scheduling features, our Media Guides are the perfect companion to your annual holiday movie binge. Learn how to use the Replay Media Catcher software:

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