Streaming Continues to Blow Up in Canada. Here’s a Midyear Report on Canadian Music Consumption

BuzzAngle, a company that looks deep into the stats generated by the music industry, has come up with this midyear report for music consumption in Canada.

First, the good news:

  • Audio streams reached 17.5 billion, up a whopping 83.4% over 2016 YTD.
  • Subscription streams doubled, up 100.7%, and accounted for 75.6% of total audio streams in 2017 YTD, up from 69.2% in 2016 YTD.
  • Overall music consumption for 2017 YTD was up 12.9% over 2016 YTD (22.8 million project units in 2017 YTD vs. 20.2 million album project units in 2016 YTD).
  • Song Consumption for 2017 YTD was up 42.9% over 2016 YTD (149.0 million song project units in 2017 YTD vs. 104.2 million song project units in 2016 YTD).
  • Vinyl album sales were up 4.8% over 2016 YTD while CD album sales were down 15.3%. Vinyl albums accounted for 3.4% of all physical album sales, up from 2.6% over 2016 YTD.
  • Physical album sales accounted for 56.1% of all album sales 2017 YTD, up from 53.0% in 2016 YTD.

Now the bad news:

  • Overall album sales were down 19.0% compared to 2016 YTD (7.9 million in 2017 YTD vs. 9.8 million in 2016 YTD).
  • Digital album sales 2017 YTD were down 24.3% over the previous year (3.5 million in 2017 YTD vs. 4.6 million in 2016 YTD).
  • Digital album sales accounted for 43.9% of all album sales 2017 YTD, down from 46.9% in 2016 YTD.
  • Physical album sales were down 14.2% (4.5 million in 2017 YTD vs. 5.2 million in 2016 YTD).
  • Song sales (downloads) in 2017 YTD were down 20.2% compared to 2016 YTD (32.5 million in 2017 YTD vs. 40.8 million in 2016 YTD).

Get the whole report here.

 

 

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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