2016 Year in Review: 74 key articles in RAIN News

sparkler canvasYesterday we posted the #1 story for 2016, based on readership of our articles. Today, the RAIN News roundup of how the online audio industry evolved in 2016. The 74 articles summarized below (click through to any one to read the whole piece) show how internet radio, music services, small webcasting, podcasting and the business ecosystem surrounding all of it developed. Happy browsing!


Live365 announces shut-down at the end of January

“Seventeen sweet years ago” — Live365 pulls the plug

U.S. streaming doubled in 2015 (Nielsen)

NPR names Anya Grundmann VP of programming and audience development

Deezer: $109M new funding, bigger library, future plans

Triton Digital launches ad platform for podcasts


SoundExchange royalty collections reach record numbers in 2015

Public radio coalition releases podcast measurement guidelines

Spotify videos and podcasts arrive, competing with YouTube and iTunes

BBC may merge radio and TV in dramatic reorganization

The patchwork life of MixRadio comes to an end as shutdown is announced

YouTube acquires BandPage

RIAA adds stream counts to gold, platinum album certification


Tim Westergren, Pandora founder, takes over as CEO

MILESTONE: Online radio a weekly habit for Americans

INFINITE DIAL 2015: Streaming goes wide, YouTube is mainstream, podcasting grows

RIAA: At $2B, streaming was music’s top revenue source in 2015

SoundCloud’s paid streaming subscription has arrived

PodcastOne launches Premium membership


Jelli launches demand-side platform for broadcast; leading agencies buy in

Apple Music up to 13 million subs

Music consumption explodes worldwide, powered by streaming (IFPI)

Google Play Music rolls out podcasts

Rhapsody announces new CEO

NYT creates audio division for podcast development


Radionomy blocks U.S. listening on TuneIn because of CRB rates

Streaming advertising revenue projected to triple in 10 years (SNL Kagan)

PRX launches RadioPublic as “radio rethought” for mobile landscape

Acast launches paid platform for premium podcast access

Podtrac introduces a ranker of top podcast shows and networks

Digitally Imported launches track purchasing to complete “All Inclusive” platform


DoJ announces consent decree decision: No change, plus a new rule

Apple Music: 15-million subscribers and a redesign

New CEO for PodcastOne

Spotify has 100 million active users

iHeartRadio and AdsWizz launch private programmatic market for streaming radio

Last.fm hits 100 billion plays over 14 years

DoJ announces consent decree decision: No change, plus a new rule


Audio streams double, digital continues to perform [Nielsen H1 report]

Spotify officially launches global programmatic ad offering

Pandora rebuffed a purchase offer from Sirius XM’s owner

Rhapsody is officially Napster once more


Audio streaming more than doubles in first half of 2016 (BuzzAngle)

Deezer launches in the U.S.


PodcastOne inks Forbes to develop new network

Samsung is closing Milk Music for good

Podcast host ART19 officially launches with new audience measurement technology

Live365 set to return: Big news for small webcasters

iHeartRadio hits 90 million registered users

Frank Ocean’s Apple exclusive is out: A surprise title, but not a surprise launch


Spotify zips up to 40 million subscribers

RIAA: Subscription streaming revenue doubled in U.S. for H1 2016

RAIN Awards 2016 Winners

Songwriters sue Justice Department over consent decree changes

Nielsen: 80% of Americans stream audio

BBC Head of Radio Helen Boaden to step down


AudioHQ to exclusively rep Triton Digital’s U.S. advertising inventory; Triton sales team joins AudioHQ

Garth Brooks now streaming exclusively on Amazon Prime Music

BBC names Bob Shennan as director of radio

SoundExchange files royalty rate request for satelite radio

Amazon Music Unlimited launches: An on-demand subscription showcasing Echo


Pandora, TuneIn, and AccuRadio launch Harmonic Audio Network for advertisers

PodcastOne stakes out Australia in 2017 with Southern Cross Austereo alliance

Samsung acquires Harman in $8-billion bet on connected cars

Dept of Justice appeals fractional licensing in BMI consent decree


iHeartRadio launches on-demand music service: RAIN Review and competitive outlook

Apple Music up to 20 million subscribers

Pandora Premium: First look

FCC head Tom Wheeler resigns, net neutrality threatened

Apple saw 10 billion podcast downloads and streams in 2016

Nielsen acquires Gracenote, locks in ASCAP deal

Facebook finally launches a native audio product, but it has limits

YouTube has paid $1 billion to the music biz from ads in 2016

RAIN News Staff