Classic Rock Hit by Decline in Digital Downloads in the US

Streaming is the new thing. More people are discovering that if you have access to any song you want anytime you want it for a low monthly fee (or even for nothing) why on Earth would you spend $1.29 on a single song?  Let’s see: 35 million songs for free, one song for $1.29. Hmm.

Music Business Worldwide has done some number crunching and has found that sales of classic hits are taking a big, big hit in the US as a result of a rise in streaming.  Take a look at the charts below and then read the analysis here.

US music sales 2014 H1

Note the huge hit catalogue sales–i.e. old music–has taken in the last six months. However, when it comes to physical sales, catalogue has moved ahead of current records.

US music sales 2014 H1--albums


Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ 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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