Just looking at the latest stats from the RIAA that have come out for US sales:
"In 2016, revenues from sales of digital tracks and albums declined faster than in any previous year. Overall digital download revenues were $1.8 billion, down 22% versus 2015. Individual track sales revenue was down 24%, and digital album revenue was down 20% compared with the previous year"
I suspect that this year (2017), physical sales will exceed downloads again. They are probably already doing so, if you exclude ringtones (which get bundled with downloads).
The great revenue improver for the industry is streaming revenue which now amazingly comprises over 50% of all revenue. Streaming is not of much interest to the hi-res SACD community, as it is usually accompanied by the lowest quality sound (CD quality at best, if you are lucky) ... but I do use it as a method to help select my SACD purchases (for performance rather than audio quality).
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Topic - Digital download revenues on the way out - Felixer 03:49:20 04/02/17 (6)
- RE: Digital download revenues on the way out - fstein 07:07:26 04/04/17 (0)
- RE: Digital download revenues on the way out - barondla 17:41:55 04/02/17 (1)
- RE: Digital download revenues on the way out - Felixer 21:35:17 04/03/17 (0)
- RE: Digital download revenues on the way out - PAR 07:31:31 04/02/17 (2)