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Music Discovery Still Dominated by Radio, Says Nielsen Music 360 Report

 width=August 14, 2012″” is still the dominant way people discover (48%) ““ followed by tips from friends/relatives (10%), and (7%), but more teens listen to music through than through any other source (64%) — followed by radio (56%) and iTunes (53% ) and (50%) – according to results from a comprehensive, in-depth study of consumer interaction with music in the United States, the Music 360. The new report offers insights on all aspects of music consumption including listening and purchasing behaviors; music discovery; live events; the use of social networking and mobile music apps; as well as how the economy is affecting music sales.
“The accessibility of music has seen tremendous expansion and diversification,” said David Bakula, SVP Client Development, Nielsen. “While younger listeners opt for technologically advanced methods , traditional methods of discovery like radio and word-of-mouth continue to be strong drivers. With so many ways to purchase, consume and discover great new music, it’s no wonder that the consumer continues to access and enjoy music in greater numbers.”
The following is a small sampling of insights included in the Music 360 report:
Radio is still the dominant way people discover music
· 48% discover music most often through the radio
· 10% discover music most often through friends/relatives
· 7% discover music most often through YouTube
More teens listen to music through YouTube than through any other source
· 64% of teens listen to music through YouTube
· 56% of teens listen to music on the radio
· 53% of teens listen to music through iTunes
· 50% of teens listen to music on CD
Positive recommendations from a friend are most likely to influence purchase decisions
· 54% are more likely to make a purchase based off a positive recommendation from a friend
· 25% are more likely to make a purchase based off a music blog/chat rooms
· 12% are more likely to make a purchase based off an endorsement from a brand
· 8% of all respondents share music on social networking sites, while 6% upload music.
Music player apps are most prevalent, followed by radio and music store apps
· 54% have music player apps on their smartphones
· 47% have radio apps on their smartphones
· 26% have music store apps on their smartphones
Males purchase rock music most often, while females prefer top 40
· 38% of males purchase rock most often
· 15% of females (compared to 9% of males) purchase top 40 most often
Digital music is seen as a slightly better value than a physical CD
· 63% of purchasers identified digital albums as a very or fairly good value
· 61% identified digital tracks as a very or fairly good value
· 55% identified physical CDs as a very or fairly good value
Younger consumers who do buy digital tracks, are more likely to purchase new music immediately after its release
· 33% of teens purchased a digital track within one week of release
· 21% of persons 18+ purchased a digital track within one week of release
36% of teens have bought a CD in the last year; 51% of teens have purchased some kind of music download
18-24 year olds are most likely to attend a music event (among those who attend any type of live event)
· 7% attending once a week or more
· 30% attending once a month
Although 18-24 year olds attend more live events, teens are more likely to purchase T-shirts and posters while there.
· 54% (compared to 46% of 18-24 year olds) of teen attendees purchase concert tees
· 14% (compared to 7% of 18-24 year olds) of teen attendees purchase concert posters
Listeners enjoy hearing movie soundtracks over music related TV shows or video games
· 42% enjoy hearing music via music related TV show
· 59% enjoy hearing music via movie soundtracks
· 28% enjoy hearing music via music related video games
Older consumers have decreased their spending the most during the current economy
· 41% of respondents 55+ reduced their spending to a large degree
· 39% of respondents 45-54 reduced their spending to a large degree
· Only 28% of respondents age 25-34 reduced their spending to a large degree
Data for Music 360 were collected via 3,000 online consumer surveys using Nielsen’s proprietary, high-quality ePanel in the United States. Topics addressed in this study include: where/when music is consumed, through which device(s), apps and services; digital vs. physical purchases; the process of discovery, and how/when discovery converts to purchase; insights around spending, share of wallet, and retailer preferences; live events; and much more.
Nielsen is releasing a complimentary, high-level overview report to labels, distributors, retailers, advertisers, and agencies to stimulate discussion. For custom requests for further information from the underlying data in the report, call 646-654-5606 or send an email to [email protected]

CEO of RF Focus, Radio and Music Industry Veteran. Radio DJ, Programmer, Musician and Voice Talent. Graduated from Performing Arts in Buffalo, N.Y. and worked at the legendary KKBT (92.3 The Beat) during its nationwide heyday in the early 90s. Also worked for Stevie Wonder at KJLH.

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