Nielsen’s Music Report reveals Americans streamed a record of more than 900 billion songs in 2018.

2018 has been the biggest year for music streaming.

According to Nielsen’s 2018 Year-End Music Report, Americans streamed a record of more than 900 billion songs during the past 12 months.

During that period, the number of on-demand audio streams grew by 49%, closing in at 611 billion, allowing subscription-based services such as Spotify and Apple Music to grow increasingly among music lovers in the U.S., sparking an intense competition for market dominance in the future, one like Apple and Android hold over the smartphone preference.

The index also reveals that since 2013, the number of songs streamed over the internet has increased more than eightfold, clearly replacing CDs and downloads as the number one way of music consumption.

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