Digital music surpasses physics in the USA

Report Nielsen and Billboard’s annual report, released on Friday, 4, reveals that the sale of digital music has dominated the North American market.

Altogether, electronic media accounted for 55.9% of music sales in the USA.

It is the first time that this has happened. Together, iTunes, Amazon, eMusic and other online stores accounted for 37% of sales. Large physical retailers, such as Walmart and Target, which dominated this market for the past five years, in 2012 accounted for only 29% of the market.

In total, music purchases grew 3.1% compared to 2011. The number was driven by the trade in individual songs, as sales of albums and equivalents fell 1.8% compared to the previous year.

In 2012, 193 million physical CDs were sold – representing a 13.5% drop compared to 2011. Digital disks sold 118 million – an increase of 14%, compared to the previous year.

The best-selling digital album was 21, by Adele, followed by Red (Taylor Swift), Babel (Mumford & Sons), Up All Night (One Direction) and Some Nights (Fun).

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