Leading online radio companies in the United States in May 2017, by average active sessions

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Number of average active sessions
Pandora Corporate2,474,442
Spotify Corporate1,996,210
NPR member stations64,360
Cumulus Streaming Network55,886
CBS Radio, Inc.49,166
Entercom Communications Corp23,649
ESPN Radio Corporate19,346
Beasley Broadcating Corporate17,707
EMF Corporate15,754
Salem Communications13,231
Hubbard Broadcasting12,553
Townsquare Media11,677
New York Public Radio11,446
Emmis Communications10,497
Radio One10,134
Bonneville Corporate7,374
Prisa Radio6,402
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The statistic presents data on leading online radio companies in the United States in May 2017, ranked by the average number of active sessions. Spotify ranked second, with two million average active sessions in May 2017. In first place was Pandora, which had 2.47 million average active sessions.

Radio market - additional information

Online radio companies have increased in popularity over the past several years, corresponding with the increase in radio streaming devices, such as smartphones. As of early 2014, the global radio market was strong, especially in the United States. Revenue earned in the U.S. in 2013 from the radio market amounted to roughly 20 billion U.S. dollars, a value significantly higher than any other market in the world.
In fact, U.S. radio industry revenues made up slightly less than half of the total revenue earned worldwide from the radio industry. In 2015, global radio revenue totaled 47 billion U.S. dollars and a steady yearly growth has been forecasted until 2018. The increased revenues could be attributed to the ways in which consumers have listened to the radio and utilized the range of platforms available to them. Radio stations can now be accessed through smartphone apps, on PCs, laptops and tablets, in the car and not forgetting, of course, the traditional radio set at home.
The longevity of radio has been undeniable as it has remained a fundamental part of people’s lives in modern society. In 2016, radio reached 93.3 percent of all women and 93.7 percent of all men between the ages of 35 and 64 in the United States.

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