Streaming Plays Outnumbered Radio Spins 132 to 1 in 2011
Though radio still figures prominently into breaking and sustaining superstar artists, its monopoly over music delivery is long since over. In 2011, radio spins totaled 158 million. Streaming plays totaled 21 billion, a ratio of 132 to one. The raw numbers are impressive, but, of course, don't paint a complete picture. Still, with streaming on the rise and increasing comfort with the delivery of music through digital means, it seems that the landscape is ripe for a company like Shazam to take the reins from radio once and for all.