Is This the Year Digital Sales Blow Past Physical Sales?

Something interesting happened again this past week.  For the third time in 2014–and just the fourth time ever–more digital albums were sold than CDs.

A fast look at the US sales numbers from Nielsen Soundscan show that in the last seven-day sales period which ended Sunday at midnight, 22.99 million albums were sold.  Of that number, 11.10 million were CDs.  The rest–11.18 million–were digital downloads.

And if we’re going to be complete, another 710,000 units were sold on vinyl and (believe it or not) pre-recorded cassette.

It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out for the rest of the year.

(Via Billboard)


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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