Daddy, What’s A Record? What’s An Album?

Digital Purchases Rise as Album Sales Fall

NASHVILLE, July 4 (AP) — Album sales have continued their downward slide this year, but sales of digital tracks are up almost 50 percent over this time last year.

A total of 229.8 million albums were sold in the United States from Jan. 1 to July 1, according to Nielsen SoundScan figures released Wednesday. That is a 15 percent decrease over the same period last year. Sales of digital tracks increased 49 percent, to 417.3 million this year.

The decrease in album sales becomes only 9.2 percent, however, if digital singles are bundled together and counted as albums.

The trend away from albums and toward digital tracks has been going on for a few years, and industry insiders attribute it to pop music’s emphasis on hit singles. Consumers simply buy the songs they want and skip the albums.

Record, Album. Artifacts of a past age.

45rpm, 33-1/3rpm. Artifacts of a past age.

Record labels. Artifacts of a past age.

Previously in this blog:
Recording Artists: Save Yourselves. Don’t Let Dick Morris And The Other Dicks Kill You While They Kill Themselves!
And Suddenly Universal Music Group’s Artists Get Zero Royalties
As I Said: iPhone Vs. Universal Music
Applenomics, Or Why Steve Jobs Will Now Hate Me For Ever And Ever

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