Record high stream listening in March led by Pandora and Spotify

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Webcast listening rose 3% month-over-month in March, and 42% year-over-year, according to the Webcast Metrics Top 20 Ranker just released by Triton Digital. (As always, we look at Triton’s metrics through the lens of Mon-Sun, 6am-midnight, domestic U.S. streaming. Our key metric of record is Average Active Sessions [AAS].)

Pandora gained 3% in March over February’s Ranker, while Spotify’s AAS count rose 8%. Together, the two streamers increased Average Active Sessions by 119,000 sessions. Total AAS gain (month-over-month) for the group of 20 top-ranked Triton Digital clients was 115,000, which includes a mix of monthly gains and losses.

Looking at individual month-over-month activity in the top-20 group, ESPN and Greater Media were the biggest percentage gainers, with 10% more Average Active Sessions each (about 2,900 sessions).

While the Katz Digital Audio group (comprising 11 of the top 20 measured Triton clients) grew only one percent year-over-year, the group as a whole rose 42%. ESPN grew its sessions 43% from march, 2014.

Here is the historical trend chart of the top five leaders:



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Here is as year-over-year illustration of the Top 20 Triton group, with Spotify added as of January, 2015, when it entered the Ranker report.



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As in previous months, mobile listening drove webcast metrics in March. Triton measured 73.7% of streams moving through mobile devices. Desktop listening accounted for only 26.3% of streams.





Brad Hill