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CDs take a big pizza the music action

by on14 March 2022

Sales increases

CD sales are on the increase again for the first time since 2004, according to the Recording Industry Association of America's annual sales report.

Weirdly, this years also saw overall physical music sales grew for the first time since 1996.

For a while now we have noted that vinyl sales were increasing but CD’s also increasing suggests that streaming is taking a kick.  

Physical music sales exploded to the tune of $1.65 billion in the U.S. last year, according to the RIAA data.

CD sales grew to $584.2 million nationally last year, up more than $100 million from 2020. The CD was the music industry's leading format in the 1990s, peaking at $13.2 billion in annual sales in 2000. By comparison, 2021 vinyl sales increased to $1 billion annually, up from $643.9 million.

What appears to be happening is that people are starting to reject the idea of “not owning” something and want to collect music off-line.

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