When's the last time you bought a CD? A recent survey conducted by Audio-Technica in the UK found that 40 percent simply couldn't remember the last time, while 20 percent reported downloading something in the last week.
So what about the rest? Nearly half (49 percent) felt that free downloading was perfectly acceptable, which probably means a much larger percentage actually felt that way. In the end, the once-stable British album is now starting to crash, just like the US so many years ago.
Here's the year-by-year change over the past few years, for combined physical and digital albums.
The current story in the US seems more tame, though deeply-discounted catalog albums are providing some CPR. Our recent projection found the format finally kicking the bucket in 2022, using conservative decline estimates.
@ronstew Monday, July 16, 2012
@tomforex Monday, July 16, 2012
CDs are as good as dead.
mdti Tuesday, July 17, 2012
bought my last album last week and still enjoying it....
I will never buy an mp3 anymore. it is not that it is worth nothing, but i beleive i should be paid to listen to mp3 and other compressed formats. I don't download music.
Menno Friday, August 10, 2012
I buy physical music every month, vinyl. Some 12 titles each time. I never download, I never stream. I'm 32 yo. I must be mad? Yeah, mad about music. I can't listen to a fastplane file or stream. I sit down and pay attention to the music. Makes me happy still.