A Look at the Changing Musical Landscape

This is from the TUAW blog:

In 2013, for the first time since the iTunes Music Store launched in April of 2003, digital music sales experienced a decline. The news comes courtesy of Billboard which reports that digital track sales dropped from 1.34 billion units in 2012 to 1.26 billion units in 2013, a 5.7% decrease overall. With respect to full-album sales, the statistics aren’t as grave.
In 2012 digital album sales checked in at 117.7 million units and only dropped to 117.6 million units in 2013, a minor decrease of just 0.1% year over year.
When we factor in physical music sales (apparently people still buy CDs and records), the year over year difference is much more stark.

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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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