Apr 182013

In this week’s 6 Minute English: Cassette tapes, CDs, downloads and now streaming – the way we consume music seems to keep changing. Although music companies worry that people listening to music online means they will lose profit, some music streaming sites like Spotify and Deezer are expanding and making money.

Finn and Rob discuss this world of streaming, and help you learn some language related to online music.

This week’s question:

Which song was the most streamed song of 2012 in the UK, according to the music streaming service Spotify?

a) Gotye – Somebody that I used to know

b) Carly Rae Jepsen – Call me maybe

c) David Guetta – Titanium

Listen out for the answer at the end of the programme.


streaming: listening or watching audio or video on a computer directly without downloading it first
track: song, part of a recording
album: collection of songs released together
advert: advertisement
monthly subscription: an amount of money paid monthly to receive a product or service
user base: the amount of people who use a product or service, especially in online business
launch: begin
ongoing: continuing
piracy: copying and selling things like music, movies or computer programmes
copyright issues: problems with the legal right to control and sell books, films, music, movies and other media products
physical format: hard, physical copies of media like CDs and DVDs rather than downloaded or streamed versions


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