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Soundcloud User Profile Male Dominated Music Sophisticates

Report by Mark Mulligan
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20,000 Foot View SoundCloud is in many respects the odd one out in the audio streaming landscape. While the market is dominated by major label orientated subscription services like Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer and Napster, SoundCloud has plotted a different path – one centred around independent content, creator uploads and free access. This approach has, however, left SoundCloud in a rights No Man’s Land, with rights owners pushing SoundCloud to more closely resemble the other players. Though the resulting major label deals struck in 2016 saw the launch of the subscription offering SoundCloud Go, SoundCloud’s user base is not simply a Spotify audience waiting for a subscription service to sign up to.

Key Findings

           of consumers use SoundCloud weekly, rising to        in France and falling to        in Sweden
  • SoundCloud users are reasonably young, predominately male, sophisticated and highly engaged music fans
  • In terms of overall digital activity though, SoundCloud users are decidedly average
  •        of SoundCloud users are under        while        are under       
  • SoundCloud’s core age group is        year olds        of the total)
  • SoundCloud’s peak penetration is among        year old males       
  •        of SoundCloud’s users are male, significantly above the average for other streaming services
  • There are        million SoundCloud Monthly Active Users (MAUs)
  • SoundCloud users are less likely than overall consumers to watch YouTube, but are more likely to have music and video subscriptions

Companies mentioned in this report: Apple Music, Deezer, Napster, Snapchat, Spotify, Vine, YouTube

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