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More Than Three-Fourths of US Internet Users Are Now Streaming Music, Says Study |

As for which streaming services are getting use, YouTube leads with a 30% share of weekly music listening, according to the study, followed by Spotify at 24% and Pandora at 17%. Apple and Amazon’s music services each account for 6%. Even though those both have seen strong subscriber growth, MusicWatch found Spotify listeners spend much more time on the platform, driving its higher share of listenership.

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More than three-fourths of the American internet-using population over the age of 13 is now streaming music. That’s according to MusicWatch’s audiocensus Q2 2019 report on U.S. music consumption and listening habits, shared exclusively with Billboard in advance of its publication.

MusicWatch calculated 183 million Americans over the age of 13, or 77% of the U.S. internet-using population, are now streaming. That marks a 14% increase since the same time last year. Of those users, the report estimates 125 million are using paid music streaming subscription services. And while only 68 million of those subscription streamers are personally paying, that represents a 21% increase from 56 million just six months prior.

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6 Trendy Gadgets to Help You Create Digital Content for Social Media the Right Way

Creating content is getting a little easier, mostly thanks to new and technically more advanced gear. Cameras that shoot multiple photos in a row in extreme high-resolution; a new recording device that helps you capture Facebook Live events without a lot of hassle. I tested the following gear hands-on to find out how each gadget can help with content marketing for a startup. These are my top picks for ease-of-use, high-end features, and game-changing tech. CHECK THEM OUT HERE

How to make video succeed under Facebook’s new algorithm | PR Daily

Hey! Where did all your fans go?

If it seems that your organizations’ video views on Facebook have plummeted, you’re not imagining things.

Changes in the social media colossus’s algorithm this year mean your posts won’t automatically show up in people’s news feeds— even if they follow you.

“If your video goes up on a brand page, a company page, it’s just not going to make it into anybody’s newsfeed,” says Shel Holtz of Holtz Communication + Technology. “It doesn’t matter whether people have followed that page. You’ve got to get them to go to your page and engage with it.”

That doesn’t mean you have to give up on the platform with 2.1 billion active users. Video is a central part of reclaiming your fans. Here are tips for getting the most out of it.


An Ode to the iPod Classic — The Ringer

An Ode to the iPod Classic – The Ringer

What the click wheel taught us about listening to music “W ow,” a man said to me recently on the subway, “I haven’t seen one of those things in years.” He gestured toward the scuffed-yet-still-sleek, aluminum-colored rectangle in my hand - a 160GB sixth generation iPod Classic. I blinked for a moment.


Watching more services popping up for you to decipher what you are listening to in any environment. This iOS and Android app currently supports over 20 services, including Spotify, Rdio, Deezer, iTunes, YouTube, and SoundCloud. We find this a great opportunity to reach out to your fans no matter what service they drawn to.   Something worth keeping your eyes and ears on!


iTunes may be the largest sales portal for digital music (legitimate that is) However with mobile devices diversifying and apps growing on non apple devices your new radio station might be an app that drives your sales.






Plugging Your Name Not  Just Your Music Online

CountryWired President and Founder, Stephanie Orr-Buttrey will be speaking at the Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival August 21 -24, 2014 during the Workshop Series.

Pitching your song is one thing, but you also need to pitch your Brand! YOU! letting people know who you and your song are will lead your song to being heard,  possibly cut, and your cuts will lead you to more cuts. Just as you gravitate to Brand Names in your everyday life you will learn how to promote your brand (yourself) to more success.  Stephanie Orr-Buttrey, President of CountryWired, Inc.,  will introduce you to ideas that will establish your name as a brand and help promote yourself, your songs and your successes.

Be prepared to learn more about online branding, with websites and social media and the importance of free tools like, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and more

 This workshop will give you first hand knowledge how to promote you and your songs on-line and in today’s social media world!

Click here to Register and return to list of Workshops

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Now with Amazon in the streaming game you will want to ramp up your Amazon specials and placement. It might not be iTunes but it HUGE Prime subscription service will have new eyeballs and ears on your artists catalog.  Check out all the details and call us if you want ideas how to jump on the bandwagon.


Based on reports, Twitter is looking to acquire the audio sharing platform SoundCloud with the hopes of heading into the music sharing business. It comes as a number of companies are reportedly looking to boost their music sharing capabilities and the Twitter takeover of SoundCloud could put the company into the lead for music online.

If  Twitter does acquire SoundCloud it will bring a huge audience to the service if handled correctly,  allow the 250 million users using the platform a instant way to reach targeted music lovers. Much like our classic radio dial.

We have recommend SoundCloud for years to our clients to help track listens. We like how it allows links to iTunes or any other store for physical as well as digital sales. We also like that you can add a video link to it. We  built for our clients  private SoundCloud players for press and media so that they can hear and even download the whole album before it goes to iTunes which gets the music to the taste-makers quicker and conveniently for them to add tracks to their digital outlets.


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Based on reports, Twitter is looking to acquire the audio sharing platform SoundCloud with the hopes of heading into the music sharing business. It comes as a number of companies are reportedly looking to boost their music sharing capabilities and the Twitter takeover of SoundCloud could put the company into the lead for music online.

#AmazonCart: Twitter and Amazon Partner to Pair Commerce and Conversation

Users can now link their Twitter and Amazon accounts and add items to their cart by simply replying to any Tweet with an Amazon link bearing the hashtag #AmazonCart. I can see this making somewhat of an impact on music sales if handled correctly. Setting up social media campaigns where you are targeting your fans on sales on Amazon, can lead to a better chance of the music ending up in their cart. 


Check back next month on the progress and some of the campaigns we run and the results we find! Want CountryWired Inc to work with your artist? contact us!


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