What Online Music Looks Like Today (Infographic)

64 Billion Plays: What Online Music Looks Like Today (Infographic)

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In 2011, we collectively listened to 64,876,491,602 songs on the Internet. Whether it was on YouTube, SoundCloud, Rdio or MySpace, the citizens of the Web listened to quite a lot of music last year. Bands and musicians made over 3 billion new fans, who viewed artist profiles over 16 billion times. These are just a few data points recently released by Next Big Sound, a startup that tracks the popularity of music and individual artists across a range of digital music providers and social services.

Digital music only continues to grow and mature, as streaming services explode, Internet radio companies go public and developers begin using the power of open APIs to mash up sounds and services. SoundCloud alone saw 231% growth last year, while Twitter saw a 104% increase in music-related activity.

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The top artists on the Web are mostly unsurprising. You knew that people can’t get enough Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber, for better or worse. Rihanna. Katy Perry. Adele. No shockers there.

What’s interesting, though, is how the Web is paving the way for unsigned, independent artists to reach levels of popularity that rival major label acts. This is especially true on SoundCloud, where unsigned artists flock to upload their recordings. But even across the larger Web, three unsigned artists broke into Next Big Sound’s “Social 50” list, which chronicles, the 50 biggest artists across all of the social and music sites that they track.

These numbers, while impressive, should be taken with a grain of salt. Next Big Sound has gone to great lengths to pull data from sources like YouTube, Rdio, Last.fm, Pandora, SoundCloud and several others. One service missing from their list is Spotify, which just launched in the U.S. this past summer and has seen enormous growth since then. Still, it looks like they’re using a pretty hefty sample of online music data to draw their conclusions. You can take a closer look at their methodology. if you’re curious.

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News.me Swoops In to Save Save Summify Users

News.me Swoops In to Save Save Summify Users
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newsme150.jpgNews.me deserves credit today for some start-up agility and helpfulness. Yesterday, Twitter bought Summify, a service that crunched down links from one’s Twitter feed into a need-to-know email digest, and it will be shut down. Loving users freaked out. News.me, which provides a similar service, heard those cries for help, and it has redesigned its homepage and launched new features to welcome those Summify users in.

News.me got popular with its iPad app, but it also offers an email digest with Summify-like functionality. Today it’s announcing a slew of new features: Facebook support, time zone support, and control over the number of articles and sending time for the email digest. News.me also wants to know what features Summify users want.

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News.me general manager Jake Levine says that “Summify users seem universally unhappy with the news” of Twitter’s acquisition. It stinks when a useful service goes away. Twitter might not even use Summify’s technology, but they’re hiring the developers for Twitter’s User Growth team. Twitter needs people who know how to filter the noise of a stream into something useful. That may not look anything like Summify, but Summify’s creators are experts on the problem.

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But the News.me team says in its blog post that solving the problem is “not that hard to do (shhh…).” Summify’s users need a place to go now. Fortunately for them, News.me’s business is more well-rounded with the iOS app and subscription plans. Support for links from Facebook expands News.me’s usefulness, and the new email features offer more control over the digests than Summify users had.

But the best part is asking for suggestions. News.me asks Summify users:

  • What did you like best about the service that you’d love to see us implement?
  • What did you wish you could have but that Summify never built?

If you’d like to chime in, comment on the News.me blog post.

Do you use a service like this to generate automated digests of your social networks? Discuss