A RAIN News roundup of 2017’s most important stories, by month. We applied an upper limit of five stories per month to keep this feature concisely focused on the most crucial industry developments in online audio.
BuzzAngle 2016 report sees streaming (and subscriptions) soar
Mark Mulligan: Music Subscriptions Passed 100 Million In December. Has The World Changed?
Nielsen 2016 report: “Music consumption is at an all-time high”
App Annie 2016 report: Mobile driving revenue for streaming’s old guard
Serial and This American Life alums launch new podcast production business
RIAA 2016: Streaming is the biggest revenue source for the U.S. music industry
MIDiA Research: Streaming drives global music market of $16.1B in 2016
NPR launches “Up First” morning news podcast, hoping to cross over audiences
Edison Research unleashes The Podcast Consumer 2017 survey data
Live365 is back for real, emerging into public webcaster sign-up
Edison/NPR study discovers that smart speakers are essential audio devices
Pandora turns another corner – Westergren, Herring out. CEO search on. New board member in.
BuzzAngle Mid-2017: Streaming up on growth of subscription listening
Edison Research: All eyes on Australia in new Podcast Consumer report
YouTube Red and Google Play Music to combine, but details are scarce
SoundCloud saved by new investor deal; new CEO and COO; founder steps down
Spotify lands Warner licensing deal, closing out major label trifecta
Apple Music has 30 million subscribers, plans to convert many more
U.K.’s Global acquires AudioHQ which becomes DAX, bringing that programmatic platform to U.S.
Billboard charts to distinguish between free and paid streams starting in 2018
NPR shares latest audience data for broadcast, podcasts, and digital
Survey: Smart speaker owners use them for music listening (and lots of it)
Apple drops out (and here’s why) as smart speakers enter crucial holiday season
The Echo Dot was Amazon’s top seller over Black Friday and Cyber Monday
Apple acquires Pop Up Archive, amassing an ever-greater podcast empire
BMI wins out over Justice Department in appeals court ruling