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RE: Are most all SACD's mastered in PCM?

Chris wrote: "So I ask you, what is your actual evidence that the SACD market is so successful and the download market is dying?"

I never said the SACD market is 'so successful'. I said that we should "be grateful that SACDs remain as the only successful hi-res physical audio-only format, at least in the classical market where it is very well supported."

As to actual evidence re the download market dying, this is nothing new. Back in 2018, it was already over for the download market. See, for instance, the article in Forbes by Bill Rosenblatt in May 2018 entitled: "The Short, Unhappy Life of Music Downloads".


According to the latest RIAA market statistics (Sept 2020 - and unfortunately it will certainly be worse in 2021), the decline of downloads continues at about the same pace as in the last few years. Downloaded albums and singles are down to $330 million for the first half of 2020; that's 23% less than last year. The download market has shrunk to about the same size as vinyl.

There is a fascinating animated chart of recorded music sales over time, from 1973 to 2020, that shows the rise and decline of the download market and other formats over time. You can view the chart here:


Note that the graphic represents the entire market - the situation in markets that are album based like classical and jazz are likely to be very different.

Edits: 09/11/21

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