Sep 15, 2016

    Online music subscribers listen on their smartphones


    A MAJORITY of online music consumers now

    plug in via smartphones, the global music

    industry group said on Tuesday.

    The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry in a 13-nation report found that 55 per cent of people who listened to music on the Internet did so at least part of the time on their phones, up from 50 per cent a year earlier, with the United States leading the growth.

    Still around two-thirds of online music consumers used a computer but the figure

    had declined.

    The study found strong differences among countries. Mexico led smartphone usage at

    77 per cent while in Japan only 39 per cent listened on their phones at least once in the

    past six months.

    The report, which surveyed 900 people in

    each country in March and April, found a

    strong correlation between smartphone use

    and subscriptions to streaming services.

    Large majorities of subscribers to Spotify and Deezer listened on their phones, while computers were more popular among people who used the two services' advertising-backed free tiers.