Driving to work today, I realized just how long it’s been since I purchased a piece of physical music, whether CD or vinyl. It isn’t that I don’t love music, it’s just that Spotify and other streaming sites have now become my dominant vehicle for listening to and exploring music. Through sites like Spotify and Pandora, I’ve discovered artists I would have otherwise only learned about from my local record shop, Park Ave. Cds. Because it’s so much easier to simply stream the artist and because these sites provide me with similar artists and a plethora of information on the artists folks are listening to know, I don’t see myself going back to the days of perusing through hundreds of albums and cds, listening patiently to the radio to hear my favorite song, or even buying albums digitally. The impact of streaming is the main focus of today’s infographic, “Everything You Need to Know About 2013 Music Sales.” Some interesting takeaways from this infographic:
- There’s been a 32% increase in streaming from 2012 to 2013 and a 6% decrease in album sales.
- In 2013, there were 118 billion music streams, which would have meant 59 million in album sales.
- R&B and Rap were the only two genres that saw an increase in album sales in 2013.
- People are buying more vinyl now than they have in the past, but overall vinyl sales only accounted for 2% of the industry.
Check out the infographic, created by Rolling Stone, below and the accompanying article from Daily Infographic by clicking the image.