Billboard: Digital music sales decrease for the first time ever, vinyl continues to grow
BY TIMOTHY J. SEPPALA @TIMSEPPALA JANUARY 4TH 2014, AT 12:53:00 AM ET 253
It was inevitable: After years of highs and then a plateau, digital music sales saw their first decrease in 2013. Last year, digital song purchases dropped almost six percent according to a Billboard report, while digital album sales dropped 0.1 percent. Compact discs continued their downward spiral as well, and took a 14.5 percent loss. On the flip side, pure analog music (read: vinyl) showed an increase of 31.9 percent — representing a full two percent of music sales. Until Nielsen’s SoundScan report for streaming hits, however, we won’t know how much of an impact the likes of Spotify or Rdio are having on purchases. We have a hunch it’ll be rather telling.
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