Streams and vinyl sales double while music downloads dwindle

While digital album and song sales continued their downward spiral, record sales have more than doubled since last year. All this is according to Nielsen SoundScan, which reports that the 9.2 million wax tally is the highest since it started tracking sales in 1991. For context, however, digital sales still bested physical by a massive margin (CDs weren’t broken out, according to The Wall Street Journal), with 106.5 million albums downloaded in 2014. Meanwhile, individual song sales dipped 12 percent compared to 2013. Streaming services, on the other hand, vaulted with 164 billion songs streamed last year, a 54 percent increase over 2013. – Timothy J. Seppala,Engadget
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