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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!

Rock Hall of Fame 2017: Download Music From the Greats

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame celebrates the most influential music artists, groups, and singer-songwriters in the industry’s history. With so much excellence in music over the decades, they are pumping out a fresh new round of inductees every single year.

This year was no different — the Hall of Fame honored several incredible musicians and bands that have changed the course of music itself over time. Check out some of the best music from the 2017 Rock Hall of Fame Inductees here — you can use Replay Music to record all of your favorite songs from Spotify!

Electric Light Orchestra (ELO)

“Electric Light Orchestra, or more popularly known as ELO, were formed in Birmingham England in 1970 when Jeff Lynne and Roy Wood, members of The Move, had the vision to start a new project that would create modern rock and pop songs with classical overtones.” – Rock Hall of Fame

Joan Baez

“If you’ve seen Joan Baez live you’ll know the simmering charismatic presence that draws you into her performance. It’s a powerful force that saw her cross over from her folk roots into the mainstream, achieving gold albums in the 70’s and also provided a platform for her lifetime’s work, championing civil rights and human rights, highlighting the downtrodden, standing up against discrimination and reminding us it’s not always only rock ‘n roll.” – Rock Hall of Fame

Journey

“Call it what you will – Arena Rock, Stadium Rock, Concert Rock – the music of Journey defined the big rock and roll sound of the late 1970s and early 1980s. Formed in San Francisco in 1973, the group was initially a combination of ex-Santana members Neal Schon and Gregg Rolie, and ex- Frumious Bandersnatch members.” – Rock Hall of Fame

Pearl Jam

“When they released their debut album, Ten, in August, 1991, Pearl Jam were a band of young unknowns to anyone not from Seattle, Washington. At home, Pearl Jam were practically a supergroup – founded in 1990 at a crossroads of classic rock, Seventies heavy metal and hardcore punk, just as that city’s underground scene was about to go worldwide.” – Rock Hall of Fame

Tupac Shakur

“Beyond his popularity, Tupac Shakur is one of the most complex figures to emerge from hip-hop – really, to emerge from any art form.His naked emotion and fearless personal revelation were a direct influence on MCs from Eminem to Kendrick Lamar.” – Rock Hall of Fame

YES

“Yes is the most enduring, ambitious and virtuosic progressive band in rock history. By fusing the cinematic soundscapes of King Crimson with the hard rock edge of The Who and the soaring harmonies and melodies of Simon and Garfunkel, they took progressive rock from a small audience of aficionados to radio airwaves and football stadiums all over America.” – Rock Hall of Fame

Nile Rodgers

“Nile Rodgers is one of those rare musical talents that can do almost anything. He began his journey as a session musician in his hometown, New York City – playing with the Sesame Street traveling band, and then as a house band member at the Apollo. In 1977 Rodgers formed the funk/disco/soul band CHIC along with bass player Bernard Edwards.“ – Rock Hall of Fame

Remember — you can use Replay Music for PC to record music from all of these artists directly from Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, and other amazing online music streaming sources!

 

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On Mac? You can use Replay Media Catcher to record and save all the inductees’ music, videos and more you want from any online site or service.

How to Record & Save Music from Spotify

Want to record music from Spotify to add to your own personal collection? Listening offline is one thing, but having access to all of your favorite music on any device that you want is sure to take you to a whole new level of music appreciation.

Replay Music for PC lets you easily record any music from Spotify – if you can stream it online, you can capture it forever! With advanced audio recording technology that eliminates system sounds and background noises, you get the cleanest audio recording possible. Replay music also lets you:

  • Record high quality tracks from streaming audio.
  • Get automatically tagged and titled song files.
  • Download songs as MP3, and other popular formats.
  • Import files easily into iTunes and more.
  • Split songs from playlists into individual tracks.

How to Record From Spotify

1. Open Replay Music on your computer and select “Record.”

2. Launch Spotify and go to the album or playlist you want to record.

3. Replay Music starts recording automatically when your Spotify music starts playing.

Just three simple steps and you’ll be on your way to recording and saving all of your favorite tracks, albums and playlists from Spotify. Build the ultimate music collection and create the perfect playlist with the power of Replay Music!

Watch this video to learn more about how to record music from Spotify:

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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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We’re always on the lookout for great new music – what are your favorite songs for Spring? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter!

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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Stick to Your New Year’s Resolution With These Workout Routines

Fitness trends come and go, but the health-improving benefits of getting up and getting moving will always remain! At the start of every new year, millions of people wake up full of a brand new energy and motivation to kickstart a fresh lifestyle – however, just about 8% of those people actually “achieve” their New Year’s resolutions.

Want to be one of the few who can take on the challenge and persevere through the year? We put together a few tips, tricks and workout videos that you can download from YouTube to help keep you on track with your 2017 goals!

1. Let the Good Music Flow

Step one of any good workout sequence is putting together the perfect music to fit the mood. Going for something angsty and tension-ridden to ramp things up? A pop-heavy playlist of uplifting tracks? Maybe a collection of seasonal classics? No matter your personal genre preferences, you can record music from Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, Soundcloud, and more popular streaming sites and services, to create your own master list of workout hits.

Replay Music for PC 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 songs into individual tracks, tags each song with artist, album, song, genre, album art and even song lyrics.

2. Tap Into Live Workout Routines

Interested in fulfilling that workout resolution from the comfort of your own home? Live streaming and recording the latest fitness classes and workout trends is the best way to get the most out of your couch-side process! With a ton of live streaming and all-access passes to kickboxing, cycling, yoga, pilates, barre, dance and more. There are endless opportunities to burn calories in new, fun ways.

Replay Video Capture makes it easy to record and save all the best exercises online to make sure you’re never bored. No matter the source, you’ll have no problem when trying to capture any live stream workouts to watch again and again.

3. Customize Exercise Video Mashups

YouTube is a gold mine for fitness and health-related videos; you just have to wade through some of the duds to find the most exceptional workouts! Once you find what you’re looking for, use Replay Media Catcher to record from Youtube and create your own custom workout videos to keep your routine nice and fresh. Here are some of our favorite channels and videos to build from:

Top 5 Playlists to Record for Any Holiday Get-Together

The winter season has set in, along with much of the cheer and excitement for the holidays that comes with it. Whether you’re gearing up for a holiday or New Years’ party, or just want some great tunes to dance like no one’s watching to, we’ve braved the warm Spotify waters to dig up the best holiday playlists for any and every kind of atmosphere.

Your can record and save the music from these perfect holiday playlists, growing your personal music collection song-by-song with the help of Replay Music for PC.

Holiday Pop Hits

Classical Christmas

Around the World

Calm & Cozy

Winter Road Trip


 

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What are your favorite holiday tracks? Let us know if we missed any awesome Spotify playlists that we should listen to on our Facebook page!

7 Spotify Playlists Perfect for the Fall Season

Ahhh, Fall. It’s the perfect time of year to soak up the last bits of the sun and get prepared (or stay prepared) for the chilliest season of all. What’s better to bundle up with on a cool and calm Fall day? All the best tracks to fit the mood, of course!

Your can grow your music collection song-by-song, album-by-album and playlist-by-playlist with the help of Replay Music for PC. And, as a special greeting to Autumn, we’re sharing some of the best Fall-inspired playlists to record on Spotify today.

For the Mellow

Autumn Acoustics

Jazz – Classical Crossings

Rainy Day

For the Spooky

Stranger Things

Ultimate Halloween 

For the Soulful

Feelin’ Good

Soul Coffee


How to record from Spotify: Launch Replay Music on your PC, hit play on the music, and start recording instantly! Replay Music will save your new music into high-quality MP3’s, complete with accurate tags, track names and album artwork.

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How to Download & Archive Your Favorite Podcasts

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Podcasts have become a fundamental part of media entertainment over the last few decades — slowly picking up popularity since “audio-blogging” was introduced in the 1980’s. Flash forward to today where practically everyone has listened to a podcast, and monthly podcast listenership has increased 75% since 2013, where hundreds of thousands of podcasts exist around the digital world that cover every topic and idea you could possibly think of.

For those new to the scene, or those who are seasoned listeners, it’s (luckily) simple enough to download and archive podcasts to listen to anywhere, on any device.

Downloading Podcasts Online

There are any number of sites and services available online that host podcasts. Here’s how to download podcasts from every one of them…

Online Radio

Whether you like iHeartRadio, TuneIn, Stitcher, Podomatic, or any other online audio-hosting site, Replay Radio can download podcasts from them all. Record a bunch of podcasts simultaneously, convert to MP3 files, transfer them to your mobile devices, and automatically schedule audio recordings to never miss a thing. With a powerful built-in media guide, you can even search for and download great podcasts without leaving the software!

iTunes & SoundCloud

Two popular music hosting platforms today, iTunes and Soundcloud, are also good resources for finding awesome podcasts (and, of course, a lot of other great media). Using Replay Music, it’s easy to capture full podcasts and other audio from iTunes and Soundcloud, and turn every recording into an easy-to-digest MP3 file. Plus, Replay Music also identifies and tags recorded audio with the correct metadata, so everything is added to your collection seamlessly.

Archive.org

Archive.org is a surprisingly popular platform for great podcasts, and is free to use for publishers. While it’s well-known for its video-recording capabilities, listeners can also use Replay Media Catcher to download any available podcast from Archive.org — the software even has a tool to automatically schedule podcasts to be downloaded! Just launch it, visit the page on Archive.org with the podcast you want, and any audio playing on your computer will be captured perfectly.

Archiving Your Podcasts

During the download process, Replay Radio, Replay Music and Replay Media Catcher are all set to automatically locate and modify the correct set of information for your podcasts. What this means is that every piece of metadata is added to your MP3 files for you, so that everything can be easily organized exactly the way you want it.

With podcast show titles, speakers, series descriptions and other key details at-the-ready, your downloaded podcasts are already prepared to be imported into iTunes, Google Play, or any other system you choose to use.


What are some of your favorite podcasts and podcast platforms? Be sure to let us know!

How to Record & Save Songs from Pandora

Want to record from Pandora and listen to your favorite music anywhere, anytime?

Pandora is a super popular, free online service that gives you access to radio stations and collections from all of the artists you love to listen to. Unfortunately for music lovers, Pandora will never let you download music to enjoy on any device. But, with Replay Music software, you can easily save music from Pandora and listen to your favorite tracks anywhere.

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

Step 1: Open

Open up Replay Music on your computer. Then, select the big “Record” button.

Step 2: Play

Launch Pandora on your browser online, and open up the album or playlist you want to download.

Step 3: Capture

Replay Music will automatically start to record from Pandora, the second your music starts to play. And, that’s it! The software even automatically tags and titles your new song files, so they’re ready to import into iTunes or any other music library you like.


Replay Music is the ultimate piece of software for any music lover and collector. Get the program to record all the music from Pandora (and other online streaming services) that your collection can handle — 100% legally!