Stream listening gained about 3% month-over-month in February, according to the Triton Digital Webcast Metrics Top 20 Ranker. As always, RAIN views the information through the lens of 6am – midnight, Monday through Sunday. The key metrics is Average Active Sessions (AAS), which measures the average number of simultaneous listeners.
Pandora, leader of the pack, gained three percent from January. (Spotify, which had led the group for a year, left the Ranker service at the start of this year.) iHeartRadio gained an eye-opening 8% in February.
Year-over-year comparisons are distorted with the exit of Spotify. If we remove Spotify’s numbers from the group total for both Feb. 2019 and Feb. 2018, we see a three percent dip in listening year-over-year.
Here are RAIN’s trendlines from Sep. 2009:
(We are leaving the Spotify line in place as an important part of the nearly 10-year RAIN/Webcast Metrics record.)