Still Think Streams Are Killing Downloads? Think Again…

Spotify payments are ridiculously bad for artists, but are Spotify streams killing iTunes downloads? That probably depends on the artist in question, and in many cases artists are screaming ‘yes!’  But on the aggregate, the early answer seems to be that both formats are rising – and paid downloads aren’t getting cannibalized.

Here’s a look at US-based revenue data shared by the RIAA, specifically for the years 2004-2011.  Paid download revenues are on the top, subscription streaming revenues are on the bottom, and units are in millions of dollars.

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