Sales for the first half of 2013 are up a modest 1.5 percent in Germany, according to trade group BVMI, the first time that’s happened in 10 years.
Paid downloads are up 5.3 percent on the year, and now account for nearly 20 percent of all recorded music sales in Germany. Another major part of the picture comes from CDs, which simply didn’t decline as drastically as previous years (falling just 2.7 percent). Vinyl also improved, and now accounts for 1.8 percent of sales.
Streaming remains a small sliver of the action, though BVMI sees a greater contribution ahead from platforms like Spotify.