How YouTube Is Dominating Young Consumers’ Music Listening, In 3 Charts

Streaming platforms may earn all the buzz, but YouTube is quietly dominating Gen Z and Millennials’ music consumption, according to Ypulse’s data…

Almost seven in ten 13-36-year-olds tell us they listen to music all day long. That’s a serious opportunity to reach them directly, so it’s no wonder that an all out war for their ears has played out over the last few years. And streaming platforms have been at the center of it all. Spotify versus Pandora, the trials and tribulations of Tidal, all of the attempts at music streaming over at Apple—music streaming shakeups have been a news fixture as the battle for young subscribers wages on. Just yesterday, it was reported that radio company Sirius XM is buying Pandora for $3 billion, in what the Wall Street Journal calls a “bet on streaming.”

And streaming services have been credited for some of the biggest shifts in the industry, from influencing the rise of today’s hit songs, to allowing young artists without representation to become Grammy award-winning superstars. According to Vulture, the road to a hit song starts on Spotify, as playlists on the platform and singles on Soundcloud have overtaken traditional album drops and radio releases—especially for a certain genre. Hip hop artists like Lil Uzi Vert and Cardi B have been boosted by “The RapCaviar Effect,” aka the sudden upswing in streams from being featured on the famous and popular Spotify playlist. After all, as one exec explains, "‘No cool kid is listening to top 40 radio.’ Instead, those kids are glued to streaming services.”

But as popular as music streaming services have become—and they are massively popular, don’t get us wrong—the buzz about their effect might be overshadowing something important: YouTube has quietly been dominating young consumers’ music-listening behavior…


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