The IFPI’s Global Music Report 2018 annual report confirms what we already know: that downloads are down, way down, 20% down (on the previous year). And that streaming is up. Way up. 41.1% up (on the previous year).
Many switched on hi-fi manufacturers are moving with the times, baking Bluetooth, Google Chromecast, Spotify Connect, Tidal, Qobuz and Roon into their streaming hardware, thus allowing end users to stream from the cloud as well as over the home network.
The Music-First Audiophile has his/her finger in many streaming service pies, each one complementing a hard drive full of downloads and CD rips.… Read the full article