IFPI releases 2022 Music Engagement Report

Download the full report here.

Download an infographic about the highlights here.

17th November 2022 – IFPI, representing the recording industry worldwide, released today Engagement with music 2022, a global report on how people around the world enjoy and engage with music. Based on the responses of more than 44,000 people in 22 countries, the report is the largest music study of its kind.

Highlights of the 2022 report include:

  • The average weekly time spent listening to music rose to 20.1 hours. Music fans today are listening to more music than ever before, spending on average 20.1 hours listening to music per week (from 18.4 hours in 2021).
  • More than 45% of fans choose paid subscription services – 46% of respondents use subscription audio streaming services that offer continuous on-demand access to millions of licensed songs.
  • Music is an integral part of people’s mental and physical well-being – Music continues to play a vital role in supporting both mental health and physical activity. While 69% of people say music is important to their mental health, 68% say music is important when they exercise.
  • Today, there are more ways than ever for people to engage with music – More than three-quarters of those surveyed enjoy music in multiple formats – the highest ever. On average, people around the world use more than six different methods to engage with music – ranging from video streaming to terrestrial radio, TV, movies, game soundtracks, short video creation and more.
  • Music is central to people’s engagement with short video apps63% of people agree that music plays a central role in the time they spend watching videos on short-form apps.
  • People listen to different genres of music – Alongside popular genres such as hip-hop, rock and pop, more than 500 different genres were identified by at least one respondent – including ‘Sertanejo’, ‘Samba’, ‘Disco-Polo’ and ‘Dangdut’ – contributing to a rich mix of local and global music available to music fans around the world.
  • Music remains the main reason listeners listen to the radio – The enduring popularity of radio continues, with 73% of respondents saying they listen to the radio primarily for music.
  • Unauthorized access to unlicensed music remains a threat to music ecosystems – Almost one in three respondents (30%) used unauthorized or unlicensed methods to listen to or download music.

Francis Moore, Chief Executive of the IFPI, said: “This year Engagement with music the report paints a fascinating picture of how fans around the world listen to and engage with music today. It showcases the results of record companies partnering with artists and their work to use new technologies to connect fans to their favorite songs in even more ways.

“We continue our work to ensure that those who want to profit from unlicensed and unauthorized music cannot threaten the vitality of the music ecosystem that is essential for artists and fans.” Engaging with Music 2022 serves as a healthy and celebratory reminder of the true global importance and value of music and the need to protect and support it.”

Download the full report here.

Highlights infographic available for download here.


For further information, please contact:

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Tel. +44 (0)20 7878 7979

Notes to editors:

The report also contains country reports that offer a deeper look at how people engage with music in China, India, Indonesia and Nigeria.

About IFPI

IFPI is the global voice of the recording industry, representing over 8,000 record company members worldwide. We work to promote the value of recorded music, campaign for the rights of record producers and expand the commercial use of recorded music worldwide.


The data is based on fieldwork conducted in June and July 2022 in 22 countries and gathered the opinions of more than 44,000 respondents aged between 16 and 64. Panels were nationally representative in each country.

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