SOURCE: Juniper Research Limited

Juniper Research Limited

April 17, 2013 03:55 ET

Mobile Streamed Music Revenues to Rise More Than 40% This Year to $1.7bn, Juniper Research Finds

US Poised to Become Leading Market for Mobile Music Streaming as Apple Launches iRadio

HAMPSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwired - Apr 17, 2013) - Global revenues from mobile streamed music services are expected to rise by more than 40% to $1.7bn, according to a new report from Juniper Research. For the first time, these revenues will thereby overtake those generated by full-track downloads to mobile devices.

Mobile Operator Music Bundles Boost Growth

The report observed that growth in premium service adoption was increasingly being driven by operator partnerships with service providers. In Europe, several operators have seen an uplift in spend amongst the mobile users, notably TeliaSonera in Sweden, which bundles Spotify with TV, mobile and fixed line services. Furthermore, such services are also gaining traction in Germany, where O2 offers simfy and T-Mobile has recently introduced Spotify.

However, the most significant growth has come in the US, which is poised to overtake South Korea this year as the leading market for mobile streamed music services.

iRadio set to challenge Pandora

Meanwhile, the report -- Mobile Music: Market Prospects 2013-2017 -- found that leading OTT (Over The Top) players were poised to challenge players such as Pandora and Spotify for supremacy in the streamed music space.

According to report author Dr Windsor Holden, "Historically, companies such as Apple, Google and Amazon have primarily focused on cloud music from a storage perspective; as a remote locker for downloaded tracks. Apple's forthcoming iRadio service is likely to bring significant pressure to bear on the existing players -- and prompt competing offerings from the other major OTT companies."

However, the report cautioned that monetisation of streamed music services was still being severely impacted by digital piracy: even in markets which have imposed blocking orders on leading torrent sites, the overall rate of torrent traffic has continued to increase.

The 'Mobile Music - Full Stream Ahead' whitepaper is available to download from the Juniper website together with further details of the full report and the attendant Interactive Forecast Excel, which enables clients to interrogate the assumptions behind Juniper's forecasts and create alternative future outputs.

Juniper Research provides research and analytical services to the global hi-tech communications sector, providing consultancy, analyst reports and industry commentary.

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