After the boom of video streaming services, China’s audio streaming business is now seeing substantial growth for the coming years, according to Chen Xiaoyu, co-founder of Chinese podcast sharing service Ximalaya, who spoke at this year’s Techcrunch Shanghai.

In the mobile era, audio streaming is an easier means to get information and entertainment especially when users’ eyes are engaged elsewhere, said Chen, adding that this makes it a perfect fit for in-car applications. This year’s Techcrunch Shanghai focussed on the internet of things, and how connectivity will feature in our homes and vehicles in the future.

Chen and his co-founder Yu Jianjun, who is also the Ximalaya CEO, also both noted that copyright would continue to be a feature of early-stage audio streaming startups in China.

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Emma Lee

Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.