Stream listening slipped less than one percent month-over-month in August, according to the Triton Digital Webcast Metrics Top 20 Ranker. Webcast listening gained two percent from the same month last year.
As always, RAIN views the information through the lens of 6am – midnight, Monday through Sunday. The key metric is Average Active Sessions (AAS), which measures the average number of simultaneous listeners.
Pandora, leader of the pack, dropped two percent from July, losing a bit of listener activity for the fourth straight month. Number two-ranked iHeartRadio gained by nine percent, after losing nine percent in July.
Spotify, which had led the group for a year, left the Ranker service at the start of 2019. Year-over-year comparisons are distorted by that exit. But if we remove Spotify’s numbers from the group total for June 2018, we see level streaming volume up two percent from a year ago.
Here are RAIN’s leader trendlines from Sep. 2009 through June of this year:
(We are leaving the Spotify line in place as an important part of the nearly 10-year RAIN/Webcast Metrics record.)