We now have nine months of data on 2013, and it shows a continued and persistent erosion of paid download and album sales. Billboard combed through the Nielsen SoundScan third quarter report this morning.
The report shows that in the first nine months of this year, digital sales of songs are at 974.5 million, which is 3.4% lower than “the slightly over 1 billion scans” measured in the first nine months of last year. Again, ‘erosion’ is the operative word here.
On the bundled side, digital album scans this year are “up 2.6% to 87.7 million units,” but growth actually slowed in the second quarter and dropped 5% from last year in the third quarter.
Unsurprisingly, album sales overall have gone down 6.1% this year. The weakest link is the decline of the CD, which dropped 12.8% in sales to 113.1 million.
Vinyl continues to make its comeback, with sales up around 30% to 4.1 million.
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