The official streaming charts were launched in May last year and, since then, people have legally streamed more than 4.4bn songs in the UK alone according to recent figures released. Downloading and streaming has become a hugely popular way of consuming and devouring music. While the industry bemoans the negative aspects of illegal downloading, the number of streamed singles in 12 months is testament to the positive influence that the digital market is having.
Services like Spotify and Napster offer consumers a means to listen to their favourite tracks without having to buy the CD. As well as being able to play the music on laptop and desktop computers, it is also possible to use devices like mobile phones and even your TV. The rush in popularity has even seen the likes of Apple throwing their hat into the ring and announcing that they are working on a streaming service for its iTunes users. Google already offers the Play Music streaming service, which is at least partially responsible for Apple’s move.
The most streamed song in the past twelve months was the massive hit We Are Young by Fun featuring Janelle Monae while Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepson was the second most popular. Third spot was awarded to Ho Hey by the Illumineers while fourth and fifth went to Don’t You Worry Child by the Swedish House Mafia featuring John Martin and Diamonds by Rihanna respectively.
With the proliferation of Internet enabled, app enhanced mobile devices, it is likely that we will only see an increase in these numbers.