Nielsen Canada has released the final version of their musical state-of-the-union for the mid-point of 2016. Here are some highlights, beginning with music consumption trends.
- 93% of Canadians listen to music. It makes you wonder what the other 7% are up to.
- 96% of Millennials listen to music. Again, what’s going on with that last 4%?
- About half the population (53%) listens to music via a smartphone in a typical week. When it comes to Millennials, that number jumps to 79%.
- Millennials listen to about 32 hours’ worth of music every week, up from 24 last year.
- People who stream listen to the most music: 44 hours a week. That takes up one-quarter of all the hours in a week.
- About 26% of us stream, up from 20% in 2016. Millennials’ rate is 42%, vs. 34% last year.
- 45% of Millennials are all over getting music on video sites like YouTube and Vevo compared to 30% of the general population.
- How big is streaming becoming? People are accessing their personal digital libraries–i.e. music they own–less. Listening is down to 35% from 38% in 2016.
- A quarter of us still listen to CDs.
Okay, so all this must mean that radio is taking a beating. Well, no.
- AM/FM radio is used by 64% of the population. That’s up from 61% a year ago.
- Online radio is big, too. 62% of Canadians have listened to radio that way while the Millennial rate is 83%.
- If you look at all radio, it reaches 70% of the population every week.
Let’s move on to live music.
- More Canadians (59% more) are going to live events over last year. Millennial attendance is up 70%.
- Most of us (57%) go to a concert with a headliner. If it’s a club to see a band or two, the number is 45%.
- 22% of us went to an event with a DJ. That number increases to 34% for Millennials.