YouTube driving global consumption of music

IFPI published on Tuesday found that 86 percent of us listen to music through on-demand streaming. (File photo: Reuters)
Updated 09 October 2018
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YouTube driving global consumption of music

  • IFPI published on Tuesday found that 86 percent of us listen to music through on-demand streaming
  • Nearly half that time, 47 percent is spent on YouTube

LONDON: If you are listening to music, chances are you’re on YouTube.
A music consumer report by the industry’s global body IFPI published on Tuesday found that 86 percent of us listen to music through on-demand streaming.
And nearly half that time, 47 percent is spent on YouTube.
Video as a whole accounted for 52 percent of the time we spent streaming music, posing challenges to such subscription services as Spotify and SoundCloud.
But while Spotify’s estimated annual revenue per user was $20 (17.5 euros), YouTube’s was less than a dollar.
The London-based IFPI issued a broader overview in April that found digital sales for the first time making up the majority of global revenues thanks to streaming.
The report published on Tuesday looked into where and when we listen to music.
It found that three in four people globally use smartphones, with the rate among 16 to 24 year olds reaching 94 percent.
The highest levels were recorded in India, where 96 percent of consumers used smartphones for music, including 99 percent of young adults.
But music does not end when we put away our phones, with 86 percent globally also listening to radio.
Copyright infringement was still a big issue, with unlicensed music accounting for 38 percent of what was consumed around the world.
“This report also shows the challenges the music community continues to face — both in the form of the evolving threat of digital copyright infringement as well as in the failure to achieve fair compensation from some user-upload services,” said IFPI chief Frances Moore.
The report noted that “96% of consumers in China and 96% in India listen to licensed music.”
It did not, however, say how many of those consumers also listened to music that infringed copyrights.
Overall, the average consumer spent 2.5 hours a day listening to music, with the largest share of it consumed while driving, the industry report said.


Arabsat welcomes French court’s ruling against Qatar’s beIN SPORTS

Updated 16 June 2019
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Arabsat welcomes French court’s ruling against Qatar’s beIN SPORTS

  • The judiciary’s ruling rejected all allegations made by beIN against Arabsat
  • Arabsat said the ruling has proven “beyond a shadow of a doubt” the organization’s valid position from day one

The Arab Satellite Communications Organization (Arabsat) welcomed on Thursday a ruling issued by the President of Tribunal de Grande Instance de Paris on the false allegations made by Qatar’s beIN SPORTS and its France-based branch.

Arabsat said it “greatly values and respects the integrity of the French judiciary, which has skillfully and professionally addressed the allegations of Qatar’s Al Jazeera subsidiary, beIN SPORTS.”

The judiciary’s ruling rejected all allegations made by beIN against Arabsat, confirming Arabsat’s position regarding all the accusations and defamation attempts led by Qatar’s media group, which sought to link the organization to the dubious beoutQ piracy.

Arabsat said the ruling has proven “beyond a shadow of a doubt” the organization’s valid position from day one, despite beIN SPORTS' attempts to cast doubt.

“Its media smear campaign; and its relentless attempts to push bogus and misleading claims,” a statement said from Arabsat.

The ruling fined BeIN SPORTS, and charged the group to pay the prosecution cost, which Arabsat says is a representation of “justice and refutes all false accusations that Qatar’s beIN SPORTS group tried to pin on Arabsat to cover its technical failure to address media piracy.”

Arabsat says that it hopes that the international federations will not drift behind defamation attempts and misleading campaigns led by the beIN organization, whose reputation has been tarnished by criminal investigations in France and Switzerland on charges of corruption and bribery.

Arabsat concluded it’s statement by saying that it reserves “the right to take legal action against beIN, its executives, and all parties involved in spreading false news regarding the Arabsat ruling.”