There's a big difference between seeing trends in a market and correctly predicting their timing and financial impact. Analysts and music industry executives have long seen the potential of the subscription model. But the hard part is correctly predicting revenue and revenue growth.

A new report by ABI Research says the global music subscription market will grow by 31% per year, from 29 million subscribers in 2013 to 191 million in 2018, while revenue will grow 21%, from $5 billion to roughly $13 billion.

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