|Scooped by Tyler Nelson|
I found a very interesting graphic that depicts what it would look like if every song on any platform were captured. The results, for 13-35 year olds, are as follows (in decreasing order): AM/FM Radio (24%), Internet Radio (23%), Digital Files (15%), On-Demand (14%), Other (10%), CD’s (9%) and Satellite radio (5%). It’s unfortunate the article doesn’t give a key or examples of each category, just because I would like to know exactly what makes up the “other” category. It’s always interesting to look at a graphic like this, which is essentially a “snap-shot” in time at what the current phase is. What the chart doesn’t show is which categories are trending up or down. With subscription music services being such a driving factor as of late, it’d be easy to assume that if we were to follow this graphic for a few years, we’d see that 23% continue to climb and most likely eat into the traditional radio. People are either not bothered by the adds of Internet radio, or are willing to pay the monthly fee to get only music and no adds. With piracy being the leech that it is, it’ll be interesting to keep an eye on digital files in the coming years. More and more information is readily available day by day on the Internet for “free”, including people who obtain their music via pirating. This graphic also doesn’t show whether the music was paid for as it legally should or not. That would then lead me to be interested in seeing what the graphic would look like for legally transacted music vs. not, just to see how drastically different the percentage spread would be. The other category that is on the decline is CDs. At 9%, I wouldn’t be surprised if that number continued to dwindle. With all the technology in cars, people are playing music through their iPods, iPhones, or other devices, which means the tangible CD is less necessary. It makes you wonder how long CDs will continue to be pressed. There will always be the die hard fans who want to order something physical and look at the liner notes, but it seems like we are seeing more and more liner notes in .pdf form, which could eventually be the new medium of viewing liner notes.