Audio Streaming Market Trends, Demand, Supply & Forecast 2026

Posted by avinash on February 25th, 2020

Audio streaming refers to the one-way audial content transmission in compressed form through the internet and retrieved and played as per the users’ convenience and time, without the requirement of downloading. These services enable content audibility without consuming additional storage space providing access to millions of songs as per the users’ choice, which is expected to be among the prominent factors fueling market growth.

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Advent of streaming media delivery services in conjunction with high speed internet connectivity is expected to drive market growth

This technology aids consumers to gain legal access to high quality content with minimal subscription costs and may even be provided as a complimentary service over a defined service period. Proliferation of smartphones and high speed Internet technology such as 3G, 4G, and LTE networks, has led to easy access to media services for entertainment purposes. These services offer access to millions of songs with uninterrupted access, increasing consumer preference towards on-demand products and services through smartphone apps, coupled with innovative services such as providing individual preferences and personalized playlist options. This is expected to aid in growth of the market through the forecast period.

Increasing consumer inclination toward paid services to access high-quality and exclusive content is expected to support market growth

Ad supported services accounted for the largest user share in the market in 2016. However, subscription based services was the largest revenue generating segment in the audio streaming market. Moreover, consumers in developed economies prefer premium content with paid subscription as against free services.Requirement to capitalize on this opportunity, industry participants are increasingly focusing on paid services as a part of their offerings. This is expected to help industry participants in establishing strong foothold in the global audio streaming market. 

Growing piracy of the licensed content is expected to be a challenge for the industry growth

Revenue generated from these streaming technologies is expected to witness considerable surge. However, market is expected to face significant challenges from growing piracy across the globe, specifically in emerging economies. Moreover, low profit margins, licensing related expenditure & efforts and growing competition owing to high threats from new entrants are expected to consistently hinder the overall audio streaming market growth.

Audio Streaming Market Taxonomy

On the basis of platform, the global audio streaming market is classified into:

  • Smartphones

  • Laptops & desktops

  • Tablets

On the basis of end services, the global audio streaming market is classified into:

  • Subscription based services

  • Ad-supported services

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Major industry participants in this market include Apple Inc., Deezer, Alphabet Inc., Guvera Ltd., Pvt. Ltd., Microsoft Corp., Pandora Media Inc., Rhapsody International Inc., Saavn, LLC, Slacker Inc., and Spotify.

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