Boulevard of broken streams – Eircom Music Hub to close?

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Over two and a half years after it first launched, Eircom’s MusicHub service is rumoured to be closing at the end of June according to music industry site Hypebot. The music streaming and download site was primarily aimed offering Eircom customers a legitimate music service at a time when the ISP was being pressured to apply the “three strikes and you’re out” rule on their customers and block Bittorrent site The Pirate Bay.

At the time, there was no Spotify or Deezer. With Google’s recent launch of the Google Play Music All Access music streaming service and Apple’s continued iTunes dominance, not to mention their forthcoming iRadio music streaming platform (currently hampered by labels licencing talks), the music streaming game is now an overcrowded market. There simply aren’t enough users out their for all of these services to thrive. There are rumours that Spotify or Deezer could replace MusicHub as part of a special ISP-offering where a subscription is included in the monthly package.

As the most referenced music streaming service Spotify has just launched their own charts (http://charts.spotify.com) for each country. The Irish chart shows the top 50 songs in the last four weeks to date, and the top songs haven’t changed much with tracks from Daft Punk, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Bastille and Imagine Dragons dominating the top 5.

More interestingly, Spotify is also sharing the number of plays per week for each track in the top 50 which ranges from Daft Punk’s Get Lucky getting an average of 56,000 plays per week to the song at 50th position which hovers around 5,000 plays per week. The regular Irish chart figures are not so publicly available.

While those figures are for Ireland, it’s interesting to note that a number one in Sweden where Spotify started, has almost as many plays for top placing (1.2 million) when compared to United States (1.7 million). Sweden has a population of around 9 million as opposed to 314 million in the US and one third of the Swedish population use Spotify.

 

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