Stream-ripping threatens music industry, as companies struggle to make streaming profitable – annotated infographics

As if a beleaguered music industry didn’t already have enough to contend with, the rise of streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play Music, Pandora, Deezer and Tidal –  yes! even Tidal! – have changed the way many people listen to music. It has also brought about a new form of piracy, known as “stream ripping”. This new type of copyright infringement has overtaken conventional music download piracy. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. It’s not all days of wine and roses at the streaming companies, either. Spotify is the most successful streaming music service in the … Continue reading Stream-ripping threatens music industry, as companies struggle to make streaming profitable – annotated infographics

World goes bonkers for music streaming services – an annotated infographic

We never thought we’d say this, but: poor old CDs. On the one hand, vinyl sales are up, up, up 50 per cent year on year to a near 25-year high – higher sales, in fact, than at any time since 1991, when Nirvana’s Nevermind album first blew up radios worldwide. On the other hand, the majority of folks who never cared much for physical media have turned to streaming music services with a vengeance. No shelf space, no heartache. Even cassette tapes are enjoying a hipster renaissance, as a subset of the digital-generation music fans dig in to the … Continue reading World goes bonkers for music streaming services – an annotated infographic

#NetflixNights go global as video streaming services pushes in to Australasia – an annotated infographic

Good news for all red-eyed, telly-addicted, insomniac, pop culture vultures down under. Just months after pushing its service further across Europe, Netflix has announced that it will launch its video streaming service in Australia and New Zealand in 2015. Despite reservations periodically expressed about the quality of the Netflix service from some people – such as the limited breadth of titles on offer and the speed of streaming – this has apparently done little to stop the precipitously upward trajectory of its user base and share price. Since the company’s IPO in 2002, when shares traded at a modest $15, … Continue reading #NetflixNights go global as video streaming services pushes in to Australasia – an annotated infographic