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Internet Music Radio 2001 - 2006: The Brands and the Beat Go On

The pace of Internet music radio growth has been steady since 2002 when the market retreated in the face of uncertainty over royalty rights payments, the ad recession, the general market recession and lack of venture or speculative capital.

Tuning hours for the top ten sites are forecast to reach 360 million hours in 2006, and there are currently over 700,000 average quarterly hour listeners to online stations, combining Arbitron and Webcast Metrics user data.

In addition, there were about 2.3 – 2.4 million subscribers to Internet music radio services at the beginning of 2006, which include those offered by Real Networks, AOL, Yahoo, MSN, Radioio, Live365.com and Virgin Radio.

Top line report findings and analysis:

  • In 2002, with the exception of Clear Channel Worldwide, and several of the major sports leagues and a scattering of major media brands such as ABC and ESPN, most of the hours of usage were associated with Internet-only brands at the time such as Spinner.com, Radio@AOL.com, Live365, WarpRadio, Radio Free Virgin and the very popular Shoutcast platform which hosted sites like Wolf FM

  • In 2005, again with the exception of a few over-the-air broadcast groups (i.e. Clear Channel and Susquehanna Broadcasting), Internet radio was once again dominated by brands that are native to the medium, including AOL, AOLs Shoutcast property, Real Networks’ Rhapsody streaming and download service, Live365.com, Chaincast Networks, Yahoo, Radioio, AccuRadio, and others

  • Aggregate tuning hours (ATH) for the top ten sites and networks rose by 43.8% in 2005 per month, to 257.3 million hours

  • ATH per month grew by 53.2% in 2003 compared to 2002, a year which saw significant contraction in the market due to the advertising slowdown and regulatory uncertainly with regard to copyright fees for re-broadcasting content

  • Streaming media (subscription) music revenue rose from $49 million in 2003 to $237 million in 2005 and projected to surpass $340 million in 2006

  • Growth rates for revenue were 163% in 2004, 84% in 2005 and an estimated 45% in 2006

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Overview 1
  Young audiences, big league format and technology competition 1
  Media Player Share by Format 2
    Bit Rates Rising For Audio Users 3
  Another Offline Medium Migrates Online: XM Aligns with AOL 3
    The Market Has Been Littered With Casualties Along the Way 3
  Internet Music Radio Average Aggregate Tuning Hours: The Top Ten Sites and Networks - 2001-2005 4
    MP3.com: Growth in Audio Song Listens 5
  Aggregators Still Need Brands 6
    Streaming Music Radio Has Historically Been More Vulnerable to Macro Market Machinations 6
  Growth Has Been Steady Since 2002 6
SECTION ONE 7
  Market Overview: 2001 7
    Internet Radio Average Aggregate Tuning Hours: The Top Ten Sites and Networks - 2001 - 2002 8
    Internet Music Radio Profiles: 2002 in Review 9
    AOL: Carving Out a Successful Internet Radio Presence Both As a Programmer and a Vehicle For User-Generated Broadcast Platform Interface 9
  Shoutcast Platform: Growth In Aggregate Tuning Hours 9
    Live 365.Com: Tuning Hour Growth and Revenue Generation in 2002 10
    Live 365.Com Aggregate Tuning Hour Growth: 2002 11
  Advertising Dollars were Scarce in 2002 12
    Clear Channel Re-Entered the Market in 2002 12
    Clearchannel Worldwide: Growth in Aggregate Tuning Hours (ATH) 12
  Musicmatch Continued to Build a Subscription Business Through Distribution Partnerships on PC Platforms 13
    Musicmatch.com: Growth in Aggregate Tuning Hours (ATH)td> 14
    Radioio: Exploring the Donation-Based Model 14
  Radioio: Growth in Aggregate Tuning Hours (ATH) 15
    Streamaudio Acquired by Chaincast Networks: Uniting P2p Distribution With Music Radio Content Seemed Like a Good Idea in 2002 15
    Streamaudio ATH Profile 16
    Streamaudio: Growth in Aggregate Tuning Hours (ATH) 16
    The Top Streaming Music Radio Sites Averaged 66 Million Aggregate Tuning Hours per Month in 2002 17
    The Top Ten Internet Radio Sites and Channels: Aggregate Tuning 17
    The Top Ten Streaming Music Radio Sites 18
    Internet Radio Master Database of Aggregate Tuning Hours: 2001 and 2002 28
SECTION TWO 40
    Market Overview: 2003 40
    Online Brands Fashioned An Appeal to Audiences and Independent Programmers 40
    Average ATH for the Top Ten Internet Radio Sites 41
    The Top Ten Internet Radio Sites and Channels: Aggregate Tuning Hours--By Month Full Year 2002 42
    ATH for the Top Ten Internet Radio Sites 43
    Aggregate Tuning Hour Growth: 2002 and 2003 44
    AOL Radio ATH Usage: 2003 45
    Shoutcast ATH Usage: 2003 45
    Profiles 46
    AOL Radio in 2003 46
    1st Quarter 2003: Internet Music Radio Still in Slow Growth Mode 46
    The Top Ten Streaming Music Radio Sites 48
    2nd Quarter 2003: AOL Properties, and Consolidation Help Drive Up ATH 49
    The Top Ten Streaming Music Radio Sites 50
    3rd Quarter 2003: Consistent Growth in ATH 52
    The Top Ten Internet Music Radio Sites 53
    Database of Internet Music Radio Aggregate Tuning Hours: 2003 59
SECTION THREE 67
    Market Overview: 2004 67
    Internet Radio Average Aggregate Tuning Hours per Month: The Top Ten Sites and Networks - 2001 - 2004 (in millions of hours) 67
    Internet Radio: Top Ten Sites and ATH by Month 68
    Internet Radio Aggregate Tuning Hours by Month: The Top Ten Sites and Networks 69
    Profiles 70
    AOL's Shoutcast Platform Grows At 100% 70
    Shoutcast Aggregate Tuning Hour Growth: May 2003 Through May 2004 71
    Yahoo Grows Its Launchcast Service by Triple-Digits During the Year 72
    Yahoo's Launchcast Internet Radio Service: Growth in ATH 2003 - 2004 73
    Yahoo Pays $160 Million For Musicmatch, $711 per Subscriber> 74
    Musicmatch Acquisition Analytics 74
    Musicmatch Operational Stats: '04 76
    Net Radio Sales: Representing the Profit Potential of Internet Music Radio Usage 76
    Net Radio Sales--Tuning Hours Under Representation: 2004/2005 77
    Talking the Same Language 78
    Musicnet on AOL Had 265,000 Subs; Downloads Were Minimal in '04 78
    Musicnet on AOL Subscriber Growth: 2003 - 2004 80
    Market Momentum in 2004 81
    The Top Ten Internet Music Radio Sites Generate 100+ ATH in Early '04 81
    The Top Ten Internet Music Radio Sites 82
    Internet Music Radio Continued Growth PATH Into the 2nd Quarter of 2004, and New Measurement Tools and Metrics Began to Appear 84
    The Top Ten Internet Music Radio Sites 85
    Internet Music Radio Dials in ATH in Excess of 180 Million During Summer '04 88
    The Top Ten Internet Music Radio Sites: June 2004 89
    The Top Ten Internet Radio Sites: July 2004 90
    ATH Push Upwards of 200 Million For August and September 2004 90
    The Top Ten Internet Music Radio Sites : August 2004 91
    The Top Ten Internet Music Radio Sites: Oct 2004 93
    The Top Ten Internet Music Radio Sites: Nov 2004 94
    The Top Ten Internet Music Radio Sites: Dec 2004 95
    Full Database of Internet Music Radio Sites, Networks and Aggregators: 2004 96
SECTION FOUR 103
    Market Overview: 2005 103
    Internet Music Radio Average Aggregate Tuning Hours: The Top Ten Sites and Networks - 2001 – 2005 103
    Internet Radio: Top Ten Sites by Month 104
    Internet Music Radio Aggregate Tuning Hours by Month: The Top Ten Sites and Networks 106
    The Top Ten Streaming Internet Music Radio Sites 108
    The Top Sites, Networks and Affiliations Ranked by Average Quarterly Hour Reach: February 2005 110
    The Top Ten Streaming Internet Music Radio Sites: March 2005 111
    The Top Sites, Networks and Affiliations Ranked by Average Quarterly Hour Reach: March 2005 112
    The Top Ten Streaming Internet Music Radio Sites: April 2005 113
    The Top Sites, Networks and Affiliations Ranked by Average Quarterly Hour Reach: April 2005 114
    The Top Ten Streaming Internet Music Radio Sites: May 2005 115
    The Top Sites, Networks and Affiliations Ranked by Average Quarterly Hour Reach: May 2005 116
    The Top Ten Streaming Internet Music Radio Sites: June 2005 117
    The Top Sites, Networks and Affiliations Ranked by Average Quarterly Hour Reach: June 2005 118
    The Top Ten Streaming Internet Music Radio Sites: July 2005 119
    July 2005 120
    The Top Ten Streaming Internet Music Radio Sites: August 2005 121
    The Top Sites, Networks and Affiliations Ranked by Average Quarterly Hour Reach: August 2005 122
    The Top Ten Streaming Internet Music Radio Sites: September 2005 123
    The Top Sites, Networks and Affiliations Ranked by Average Quarterly Hour Reach: September 2005 124
    The Top Ten Streaming Internet Music Radio Sites: October 2005 125
    The Top Sites, Networks and Affiliations Ranked by Average Quarterly Hour Reach: October 2005 126
    The Top Ten Streaming Internet Music Radio Sites: November 2005 127
    The Top Sites, Networks and Affiliations Ranked by Average Quarterly Hour Reach: November 2005 128
    The Top Ten Streaming Internet Music Radio Sites 129
    The Top Sites, Networks and Affiliations Ranked by Average Quarterly Hour Reach: December 2005 130
    Internet Music Radio: 2005 Full Year 131
SECTION FIVE 144
    AOL Musicnow 144
    AOL Musicnow Subscriber Growth 145
    Subscriber Growth: Musicnow 146
    Yahoo Music Unlimited 148
    Musicmatch Subscriber Growth: 2001 - 2005 151
    Rhapsody 152
    Rhapsody Music Services: Growth in Subscribers: 2002 - 2005 153
    Site Traffic to Listen.com/Rhapsody: 2003 - 2005 155
    Platform Services 157
    Real Networks Superpass Subscription Service Growth: 2000 - 2005 158
    Real Networks Combined Subscriber Growth: Superpass and Rhapsody: 2003-2005 YTD 160
    Streaming Internet Music Radio Subscriptions: 2003 – 2006 162
    Streaming Music Radio Revenue: 2003 - 2006 162
    Music Subscription Streaming Media Revenue: 2003 163
    Music Download vs. Subscription Streaming Music Revenue 2003 164
    Music Subscription Streaming Media Revenue: 2004 165
    Music Download vs. Subscription Streaming Music Revenue 2004 166
    Streaming Music Subscription Revenue: 2005 167
    Music Download vs. Subscription Streaming Music Revenue 2005 168
    Music Download vs. Subscription Streaming Music Revenue 2005 168
    Streaming Subscription Music and Download Revenue Growth: 2003 – 2006 168

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