Posts Categorized: Music

Music Streaming: Which Service is On Top in 2017?

Music is always changing — the way it’s created, distributed and enjoyed advancing with the connected landscape of technology. Since the first music streaming platform was introduced in the late 1990s, how we consume music has become more centralized to web-based services.

Before Spotify, iHeartRadio, and Pandora, there was Internet Underground Music Archive (IUMA), Last.fm and Napster. While the services and sites have been tweaked and updated over the years, the main goal has always been the same: to give people access to on-demand music. In 2016, the United States alone saw 431.7 billion music streams, up nearly 40% from the previous year. 51% of all U.S. music revenue in 2016 was also attributed to online music streaming, racking up $2.48 billion over the year.

Americans are consuming more music than ever before. Of course, as music streaming continues to rise in popularity, traditional album sales (even digital album sales) continue to plummet.

Why Streaming Is “Too Big to Fail”

The music industry has always had a love-hate relationship with music streaming services. On one hand, these platforms make music incredibly accessible and place artists’ music in front of more ears. On the other hand, streaming services are notorious for providing a minimal payout to the musicians themselves.

No matter your personal or professional stance on the debate, music industry and streaming service executives have realized that they need to work together to survive. Recent lengthy negotiations between Spotify and Universal Music Group led to a multi-year licensing deal to benefit everyone:

“This partnership is built on a mutual love of music, creating value for artists and delivering for fans…We know that not every album by every artist should be released the same way, and we’ve worked hard with UMG to develop a new, flexible release policy. Starting today, Universal artists can choose to release new albums on premium only for two weeks, offering subscribers an earlier chance to explore the complete creative work, while the singles are available across Spotify for all our listeners to enjoy.”

 

– Daniel Ek, Chairman and CEO of Spotify

The contract has some obvious compromises, like Universal agreeing to lower royalty rates and Spotify allowing Universal to exclude free users from listening to new releases for up to two weeks. These less-than-perfect negotiations show us just how co-dependent the relationship between labels and streaming services has become.

Music Streaming: Today’s Top Services

Last year, Spotify was the reigning leader of streaming services, experiencing the fastest subscriber growth in the entirety of its 7 years in business in the last half of 2015 alone. While the site was worth more than half of the global recorded music industry at the time, industry leaders can quickly change.

Pandora

It’s easy to see how quickly the streaming industry changes from year to year, and even from month to month. Just last year, Spotify was arguably the most popular, fastest growing streaming service in use. In comparison to this knowledge, the chart below shows the percentage of Americans aged 12+ who listened to the following music streaming services in the past month (February 2017).

As you can see, Pandora has a visible lead at 32%, with Spotify trailing behind at 18% of Americans aged 12+ listening in. Key Pandora statistics for 2017 include:

  • 4.39 million subscribers
  • 81 million monthly listeners
  • $1.55 – $1.7 billion projected revenue
  • 18 – 24 years old largest age group of users

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Spotify

Spotify has been through some major ups and downs over the past couple of years. While the number of listeners Spotify sees each month is impressive, the company reported an operating loss of 184.5 million euros ($195.5 million) just 2 years ago. Overall, Spotify is seeing growth and change internationally; the company is expanding efforts and attempting to shift their focus to supporting artists, rather than their own profitability.

The chart above shows the number of paid subscribers that Spotify has had, from 2010 to 2017. Other key Spotify statistics for 2017 include:

  • 50 million subscribers
  • 100 million listeners
  • 20,000 songs added per day
  • 60 countries in service and counting

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Apple Music

By far the newest to the game, Apple Music has seen relatively consistent growth since launching 2 years ago. While experts banking on Apple’s market share and notoriety in hardware/software speculated that it would surpass Spotify’s number of listeners, Spotify has so far kept Apple Music at an arm’s length away.

This chart shows the steady gap between Apple Music and Spotify subscribers from 2015 to today. As each service releases information on new milestones, we’re curious to see how things look in another 6 months. Key Apple Music statistics for 2017 include:

  • 20+ million subscribers
  • 30% growth in subscribers in the past year
  • $7 billion in revenue in 2016

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Who do you think will be dominating the music streaming market at the end of this year? Let us know your thoughts and theories in the comments below!

Songs for Spring: The Best Playlists to Warm Your Ears

Warmer weather is on its way, but you can get a jump start with music to melt away the chilly weather and get ahead on some Spring cleaning by starting with these playlists. Spruce up and grow your own personal music collection with the help of Replay Music for PC and some of our favorite springtime Spotify playlists below.

With just a few simple steps, you can record music from Spotify and take all these awesome tracks (and a few poems!) on-the-go with you, anywhere.

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Spring Break 

Spotify User: Digster.fm

Spring Acoustic

Spotify User: Spotify UK

Spring Cleaning

Spotify User: POPSUGAR Smart Living

Spring 2017 Hip-Hop / R&B 

Spotify User: Mark Augsperger

Poems for Spring

Spotify User: Spotify

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Radio Downloads: How to Record Music from iHeartRadio

iHeartRadio is one of many popular music and radio streaming services available online today. Providing radio lovers with a free, unlimited platform of entertainment, it’s perfect for fans of music, news, sports and other popular radio show genres. So, what do you do when you want to access iHeartRadio on-the-go? The site doesn’t allow you to download music or listen to iHeartRadio offline.

Replay Music is a powerful audio recorder for saving streaming music, so you can easily record music from iHeartRadio and save the music or radio show back to your computer as an MP3 file! Replay Music is completely legal to use for your own personal collection, just like a CD ripping program, tape recorder or DVR, making it fast and simple to record and convert all of the music and radio your heart desires.

Recording from iHeartRadio Step-by-Step

Replay Music is a top-rated online music downloader that lets you save streaming music. After using our software to record music from iHeartRadio, you’ll never have to worry about being offline again!

1. Download Replay Music for PC.

 Follow the instructions in the installer to safely install it on your PC.

2. Click Record to start capturing music from iHeartRadio.

After you launch the software, navigate to the big Record button to start downloading music. Replay Music will start to listen for audio to record and convert music automatically, so you can record from iHeartRadio right away.

4. Open iHeartRadio and play music!

Replay Music will start recording the second your music starts to play! Audio recorded with Replay Music is high quality, and each track is tagged with the correct artist, song title, album information, and even lyrics.

More than just an audio recorder, Replay Music can:

  • Save any music into high-quality MP3 files.
  • Separate individual tracks.
  • Automatically tag with metadata and add artwork.
  • Eliminate system sounds and background noises for a clean recording.

Watch our short tutorial video for more details on how to record online music with Replay Music:

 

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How to Grow Your Personal Music Collection for Free

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With the number of music access points online, you can listen to practically anything these days. In fact, streaming music online has nearly doubled in the last year, making this form of consumption the most used and consistent in growth by far.

It’s pretty incredible to have access to these vast catalogs of music, but listening is often limited to an Internet connection and, in some cases, a paid subscription. Along with the constant battle between streaming sites, it’s impossible to tap into a complete library of music at any time without being connected. In short, the benefits to building out your own collection of music may outweigh the “convenience” of online access alone.

Record Music Anywhere Online

Enter Replay Music into the music scene – a powerful, unique audio recorder built and specifically optimized for capturing music from online streaming services or media players. Designed for both Mac and PC, you can record from sites like Spotify, Pandora, Apple Music and more.

  • Save any music into high-quality MP3 files.
  • Separate individual tracks.
  • Automatically tag with metadata and add artwork.
  • Eliminate system sounds and background noises for a clean recording.

Here’s how to use Replay Music to capture music online:

 

Replay Music is 100% legal to use, just like a CD ripping program, tape recorder or DVR! Fear not – you can record and convert all of the music you want to expand your personal collection!

 

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Grammys 2017: Save Grammy-Winning Music From YouTube

Last night we celebrated some of the music industry’s brightest talent with the 2017 Grammy Awards, live on CBS. Hosted by the infectious James Corden along with a roster of perfect performances by Lady Gaga, Chance The Rapper, Demi Lovato and a whole lot more, plus beautiful tributes to the late music icons Prince and George Michael, it was an absolutely incredible night.

See every one of this years’ winners right here, and check out some of our favorite highlights below for your listening pleasure! You can use Replay Media Catcher to download from YouTube to enjoy them anywhere, anytime.

Record of the Year: “Hello” by Adele

Best New Artist: Chance the Rapper

Best Rock Song: “Black Star” by David Bowie

Best Contemporary Blues Album: The Last Days of Oakland by Fantastic Negrito

Best R&B Performance: “Cranes in the Sky” by Solange

Prefer MP3 files to videos? You can also use Replay Media Catcher to convert YouTube to MP3. Or, search the winning artists in Spotify, Pandora, or any other online streaming music service of your choice and use Replay Music to record music for your own collection. No matter your music preferences, our recording solutions made it possible to record and convert any video from Youtube in high quality to watch again and again.

 

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How to Stream the 2016 American Music Awards Online

Music lovers everywhere are anxious and excited for the American Music Awards this year, the world’s largest, purely fan-chosen awards show in annual rotation. With such an incredible lineup, and mega-popular hosts hitting the stage (model Gigi Hadid and comedian Jay Pharoah), it’s no surprise that everyone wants to know where to get in on the action.

Cable cutters and habitual streamers are in luck — the American Music Awards will be live streamed Sunday, November 20 at 5pm PDT / 8pm EDT. Fans can enjoy and record every incredible musical performance from ABC.com using Replay Video Capture!

Let’s take a look at all of the musical performances happening at the 2016 AMAs that you can stream, record and save using Replay Video Capture:

  • Bruno Mars
  • Lady Gaga
  • The Chainsmokers + Halsey
  • Ariana Grande + Nicki Minaj
  • Fifth Harmony
  • The Weeknd
  • Twenty One Pilots
  • Shawn Mendes
  • John Legend
  • Green Day
  • Shakira with Carlos Vives and Sting
  • Maroon 5 and Kendrick Lamar (finale)

Don’t forget to see the full list of every AMA nominee and get your vote in before its too late! Check out some of our favorite nominees right here:

Video of the Year: Desiigner, “Panda”

Favorite Album — Soul / R&B: Beyonce, Lemonade

Collaboration of the Year: The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya, “Don’t Let Me Down”


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How to Record Music from Spotify in 3 Simple Steps

Spotify is one of the best online music streaming services today — one simple sign up allows you to stream an incredible amount of music online. Want to record music from Spotify to keep as MP3s? Replay Music is your new best friend, making it easy to record music from Spotify.

Replay Music lets you save music from Spotify to MP3 files, so you can listen to your favorite music on any device, anywhere. Recording from Spotify is a snap with Replay Music! You’ll receive perfectly-tagged and titled song files, ready to import into iTunes or any other system you might use every time.

Here’s how to record music from Spotify with Replay Music:

Step 1: Open

Open Replay Music on your computer and select the big “Record” button.

Step 2: Play

Launch Spotify through your desktop app or browser, and navigate to the album or playlist you want for your collection.

Step 3: Capture

Replay Music will automatically start recording MP3 files, the second your Spotify music starts to play!

And that’s it! Audio recorded from Spotify with Replay Music is high quality, and each song is tagged with the correct artist, song, title and album information. You’ll also get proper lyrics and album artwork to complete your collection perfectly.

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How to Record & Save Soundcloud to MP3

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Ever wonder how to download music from SoundCloud to MP3?

SoundCloud with Universal Music, is a leading music platform online, designed to help people download, record, upload and even promote music. With over 175 million monthly listeners, artists use it to market their music to their target audiences and allow fans to enjoy.

Replay Music is the best way to record Soundcloud to MP3 files to improve your collection, making it the ultimate media recording program for any music lover. Not only that but using Replay Music you can also:

  • Separate songs precisely into individual tracks.
  • Automatically tags with accurate metadata.
  • Add correct album artwork and even lyrics.
  • Advanced recording technology captures only music – no system sounds or background noises.

The best part is that Replay Music is 100% legal for personal use since it lives in the same category as a CD ripping program! Check out this video to see how it works.

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4 Perfect Playlists to Record from Spotify This Summer

Summer has arrived in all of its glory, and we all know what that means: more adventure, more sunshine, and more opportunities to enjoy awesome music. Lucky for you modern-day listeners, you can capture essential summer songs from anywhere your Internet can reach.

Replay Music for PC is a powerful, unique audio recorder built for legally capturing music from any online streaming service. Record music from Spotify, Pandora, Soundcloud, Apple Music and any other online streaming service to save into high quality MP3 files.

To ring in the start of the season, check out these summertime playlists! You can listen, record and save them to your hearts’ content.

1. Summer Party (by Spotify)

Built by the experts at Spotify themselves, this playlist is full of catchy summer vibes.

2. Summer Party 2016 (Digster)

Access the top summer hits and party tracks in this playlist for the ultimate fun time.

3. Summer Throwbacks (Spotify UK)

Get your fill of throwback hip-hop summer jams from this great playlist.

4. Acoustic Summertime Vibes (Spotify)

Celebrate another beautiful summer evening with this playlist full of warm acoustics.

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The Top 3 Ways to Customize Your Workout

A good workout only lasts until you get bored by it; as long as you’re keeping things fresh, your body will thank you. There are hundreds of positive reasons why you should exercise consistently, so make the most of it by keeping things as interesting as possible.

With the help of our best-selling media recording programs, you’ll be well on your way to some of the most fun and pattern-breaking workouts! Here are a few great ways that you can customize your workout experience and try new things.

1. Create Your Ideal Exercise Playlist

What good are diverse workouts without diverse kinds of music to listen to? You can tap into any popular music streaming service — including Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora and Soundcloud — to grow your collection and build workout-specific playlists.

Replay Music is optimized to capture music and cut out other background noises, so your recorded tracks are saved as high quality MP3 files. Plus, the program perfectly separates into individual tracks, tags each song with artist, album, song, genre, album art and even song lyrics.

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2. Make a Custom Mashup of Yoga Moves

It’s well-known that YouTube has every kind of video under the sun – exercise and health-related videos are no exception! There are some amazing yoga channels, featuring yogis young and old, to gather some stretching and deep-breathing inspiration from.

You can use Replay Media Catcher to record from Youtube and mix ‘n match all of the best clips from your favorite yoga (or any other exercise) videos to create your own, totally custom videos to keep your routine interesting.

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3. Capture Exclusive Live Streamed Workouts

If it’s available to stream online, it’s available to capture for your own personal use. From live streamed workouts to webinars to exclusive exercise events, Replay Video Capture makes it easy to screen record and save all the best, most innovative exercises to make sure you’re never bored again. No matter the source or website, you’ll have no problem when trying to capture any live stream workouts to access later.

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