Perhaps appropriately as we come up on the 10th anniversary of Apple's iTunes store, Nielsen is reporting that digital music now accounts for 55.9% of all music sales in the United States; both singles and full albums.
In terms of actual numbers; digital albums sold nearly 120 million units, and digital tracks were at 1.34 billion units.
Also noteworthy is that while CD sales decreases by more than 10%, music sales in general are up more than 3% overall. This comes after a decade of declining sales. The "Alternative" category - which includes punk and indie rock - is the most popular non-rock category in digital, but genres like country and R&B are catching up quickly.
Check out the full report here.
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Posted by aubin on Friday, January 4, 2013 at 5:00 PM (EST)
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