According to Electron Libre’s report, streaming now accounts for more than a third of digital music revenues in France, which SNEP believes makes it the second biggest market in Europe behind Sweden.
In a separate article, Le Figaro reports claims by Spotify that it now has more than 100k paying subscribers in France, which it suggests is around three times less than rival Deezer – a figure which would peg the latter at more than 300k.
Deezer claims 3m paying subscribers worldwide, with the majority of those in France. The disparity in these figures – including SNEP’s claim of 500k total paying subscribers in France – is likely explained by how many people have activated Deezer when it’s included in their mobile tariff with operator Orange.
Deezer tells our sister site Music Ally that SNEP’s figures only cover directly paying users, but not the bundled deals. Meanwhile, the Electron Libre piece refers to “les activations du bundle Deezer/Orange”.
Either way, 500k direct paying subscribers for services including Deezer and Spotify is good news for the French music industry, which has been waging a longterm war against music piracy.