A new graphic showing how music sales have evolved over the last 30 years.

We’ve purchased music in an astonishing number of formats over the last three decades: vinyl, 8-track, cassettes, CD, downloads, streaming, and ringtones.

Statista put this all into one big graphic.

Then there’s the spectacular crash of CD sales since 2001.

And yes, it’s a streaming world now.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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