Mobile Cloud Music Services

Cloud computing is revolutionizing the digital music industry by shifting the consumer focus from ownership of songs to purchasing access to them in the form of on-demand streaming services. At the same time, the cloud is also being used to store owned tracks and albums and develop services that help listeners to discover a whole new range of music. Mobile handsets are a key driver of this change, due to their inherent portability and uniquely high penetration rate among consumers. This study examines cloud music services specifically from the mobile perspective. The qualitative part of the study includes descriptions of available services, analyses of market drivers and inhibitors, and an overview of the main technology issues. The quantitative part provides forecasts of revenues, customer bases and price points for mobile music streaming subscriptions, covering the period of 2011-2016. It also presents data on relevant consumer trends gathered by ABI Research’s Bi-Annual Consumer Technology Barometer, which was conducted in the third quarter of 2010.

Table of Contents

  • Executive Brief: Top-Line Forecast
  • Executive Brief: Drivers
  • Executive Brief: Inhibitors
  • Executive Brief: Market Share
  • Executive Brief: Summary and Strategic Recommendations
  • 1. Executive Summary
    • 1.1. Overview
    • 1.2. Market Drivers for Mobile Cloud Music Services
    • 1.3. Market Inhibitors for Mobile Cloud Music Services
    • 1.4. Highlights of Forecasts
      • 1.4.1. Revenues
      • 1.4.2. Customers
      • 1.4.3. Mobile Music Streaming Prices per Month
    • 1.5. Highlights of Barometer Findings
  • 2. Conclusions and Recommendations
    • 2.1. Conclusions
    • 2.2. Recommendations
  • 3. Market Issues
    • 3.1. Description of Mobile Cloud Music Services
      • 3.1.1. On-Demand Streaming Services
      • 3.1.2. Internet Radio Services
      • 3.1.3. Locker Services
      • 3.1.4. Music Recommendation and Discovery Services
    • 3.2. Market Drivers for Mobile Cloud Music Services
      • 3.2.1. Smartphone Penetration
      • 3.2.2. Cross-Platform Usage
      • 3.2.3. Social Networking
      • 3.2.4. Third-Party Partnerships
      • 3.2.5. Apple, Google, HP, Sony
      • 3.2.6. Offline Playback
      • 3.2.7. Alternative to Online Piracy
      • 3.2.8. Anti-Piracy Legislation
    • 3.3. Market Inhibitors for Mobile Cloud Music Services
      • 3.3.1. Consumer Spend and Pricing
      • 3.3.2. Royalty Payments and Revenue-Sharing
      • 3.3.3. Local Nature of Music
      • 3.3.4. Network Connectivity
      • 3.3.5. Battery Life
      • 3.3.6. Fidelity
  • 4. Technology Issues
    • 4.1. Streaming
    • 4.2. Encoding
      • 4.2.1. MP3
      • 4.2.2. AAC
      • 4.2.3. Ogg Vorbis
    • 4.3. Recommendation Engines
      • 4.3.1. Manual Tagging
      • 4.3.2. Statistical Analysis
      • 4.3.3. Signal Processing
      • 4.3.4. Mood Recognition
  • 5. Selected Industry Players
    • 5.1. Abacast
    • 5.2. Aspiro
    • 5.3. Catch Media
    • 5.4. MOG
    • 5.5. Napster
    • 5.6. NewBay Software
    • 5.7. Pandora
    • 5.8. PlusFourSix
    • 5.9. Rhapsody
    • 5.10. SoundCloud
    • 5.11. SugarSync
    • 5.12. Syntonetic
    • 5.13. The Filter
    • 5.14. Thumbplay
    • 5.15. Vidiator
    • 5.16. we7
  • 6. Market Forecasts and Consumer Trends
    • 6.1. Methodology
    • 6.2. Mobile Music Streaming Subscription Revenues
    • 6.3. Mobile Music Streaming Subscribers
    • 6.4. Mobile Music Streaming Prices per Month
    • 6.5. Consumer Demand for Mobile Music by Age Group
      • 6.5.1. Music as Mobile Phone Purchasing Criterion
      • 6.5.2. Music as Smartphone Purchasing Criterion
      • 6.5.3. Interest in Music Apps
    • 6.6. Consumer Demand for Mobile Music by Handset Type
      • 6.6.1. Uptake of Mobile Music
      • 6.6.2. Interest in Music Apps
  • 7. Company Directory
  • 8. Acronyms

Tables

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  1. Mobile Music Streaming Subscription Revenues, World Market, Forecast: 2011 to 2016
  2. Mobile Music Streaming Subscribers, World Market, Forecast: 2011 to 2016
  3. Average Price for Mobile Music Streaming Subscription per Month (Excl. Taxes), World Market, Forecast: 2011 to 2016
  4. Importance of Music Playback Capability as a Mobile Phone Purchasing Criterion by Age Group, United States: 2010
  5. Importance of Music Playback Capability as a Smartphone Purchasing Criterion by Age Group, United States: 2010
  6. Interest in Mobile Music Apps by Age Group, United States: 2010
  7. Uptake of Mobile Music Playback by Handset Type, United States: 2010
  8. Interest in Mobile Music Apps by Handset Type, United States: 2010

Charts

  1. Mobile Music Streaming Revenue, World Market, Forecast: 2011-2016
  2. Mobile Music Streaming Subscribers, World Market: Forecast, 2011 to 2016
  3. Mobile Music Streaming Subscription Revenues
  4. Mobile Music Streaming Subscribers
  5. Average Price for Mobile Music Streaming Subscription per Month (Excl. Taxes)
  6. Importance of Music Playback Capability as a Mobile Phone Purchasing Criterion by Age Group - All Criteria
  7. Importance of Music Playback Capability as a Smartphone Purchasing Criterion by Age Group - All Criteria
  8. Interest in Mobile Music Apps by Age Group - All Apps
  9. Uptake of Mobile Music Playback by Handset Type - All Activities
  10. Interest in Mobile Music Apps by Handset Type - All Apps