Comparing Music Purchases from Today to 10 Years Ago

This analysis comes from Bobby Owsinski’s Music 3.0 Blog.

  • In 2004, the largest demo of CD buyers was age 36 to 50 at 25% (and it’s 26% in 2014).
  • In 2014, the largest demographic of CD buyers were age 50+ at almost 35%.
  • In 2004, ages 13 to 17 purchased the most digital downloads at 25%, followed by ages 36 to 50 at 24%.
  • In 2014, ages 36 to 50 purchase the most at 26%. Ages 18 to 25 was second at 23%.
  • Surprisingly enough, both in 2004 and 2014, women purchased more CDs than men by a roughly 5% margin.
  • That flipped around for digital music though, as men purchased far more digital music in 2004 by a 60 to 40% margin. Today women buy more than men by 53 to 47%.

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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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