Online audio refers to audio content listened through network streaming media, including audio books, network radio, audio live broadcast, interactive entertainment and other forms.With the further opening of online audio content and the further mining of user scenarios, the market of online audio is expected to maintain a steady and rapid growth. According to iiMedia Research, China's online audio market had 425 million users in 2018.China's online audio users are expected to reach 542 million by 2020.More than half of China's Internet users have used online audio apps in the first half of 2019, and 46.2% of them often listen to voice broadcast.Among these users, the sound of anchors and the quality of live broadcast content are the factors that users pay more attention to.In addition, most listeners of voice broadcast have paid for listening, so there is great potential to pay for the content of voice broadcast.However, content violations and copyright issues are still pain points in the industry, and the market competition is becoming increasingly fierce.In the future, the online audio market will continue to strengthen the creation of high-quality content and content ecology, with the help of the development of technology, deeply explore the needs of user scenarios, and make the business more diversified.
In 2018, the national policy strongly supported the development of the cultural industry, creating a good policy environment for the online audio industry, and a series of changes in the social environment also brought opportunities for the development of the online audio industry. As the data of iiMedia Research showed, the scale of online audio users in China reached 425 million in 2018 with an increase of 22.1% from 2017. Compared with the mobile video and mobile reading industries, the online audio industry that making content in the form of audio is showing a faster development trend. The online audio industry is also exploring the vertical market and socialization direction. In 2018, population under the age of 14 in China reached 247 million people. The overall scale of the population increased by more than 13 million compared with 2017. The consumer potential of the children's audio market has attracted attention. In addition, in the first quarter of 2019, Chinese social APP users were young, while online audio users under the age of 24 has also accounted for 33.5%. The post-1995 users are becoming the main force of socializing. In the face of the increasingly young social mainstream, the traditional social model can not meet their social needs, which provides an opportunity for the audio industry to enter the social field. As the mainstream audio platforms are strengthened in the market segment, the competition in the online audio market will become more intense in the future.
According to iiMedia Research, online audio users exceeded 400 million in size in 2018, with a growth rate of 22.1%. Compared with the mobile video and mobile reading industries,it shows a rapid growth rate. More than 60% of the respondents expressed their willingness to pay to become members of the online audio platform, while about 30% of the respondents expressed uncertainty. There is a promising prospect for online audio members to pay. iiMedia Consulting Analysts believe that with the further standardization of copyright content, more and more IP adaptation will emerge. Online platforms tend to be characterized, differentiated and subdivided, and business models become more mature and diversified.