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In Reply to: RE: Digital download revenues on the way out posted by Felixer on April 02, 2017 at 03:49:20
2016 worldwide figures generally follow the USA trends but are not precisely comparable.
Worldwide figures ( source:IFPI), show physical formats continuing to decline and comprising 39% of revenue. Downloads still slightly exceed streaming (20% and 19% respectively). The remainder being made up of performance rights etc.
I think it is true to say that there must be large markets where physical formats have dominance and where downloading is comparatively uncommon and where streaming has yet to make a mark or even a start ( presumably the Far East).
High resolution formats are not shown separately in the general IFPI summary of 2016 but may be so in the Global Report , but that costs more than I am prepared to pay to enable a comment on AA ;-). I am willing to guess that they will form a minor contribution.
It is also easy to overlook the fact that fast internet connections are not universally available even in a highy developed country like my own.
It is also easy to overlook the fact that fast internet connections are not universally available even in a highy developed country like my own."
Houston, Texas, our internet download speed offered by AT&T is 12 Mbps, is this too slow for music download?
Faster download speeds are available from cable TV outfits.
12Mbs is a fast internet connection. I am talking about people who are lucky to get Kbs. On a good day. For many the internet exists only in a dream of the future.
Certainly 12Mbs should be more than fast enough for CD standard streaming. However at a basic level (which 12Mbs significantly exceeds for this example) simply meeting a textbook average transfer rate suitable for the medium in question will not guarantee a connection without drop outs, buffering etc. as the actual data rate available will fluctate.
If 12Mbs is what is offered as a maximum by the ISP assume that it will be lower in practice and may be substantially lower if you live some distance from the nearest major distribution point ( "Exchange" in British English but I don't know what term you may use for it), if it's a copper twisted pair ADSL or fibre etc. There are other constraints in practice depending upon the ISP and your contractual relationship with them.
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