Streaming music is taking over the recording industry, and there’s no clearer sign of it than this: digital download sales have fallen so much in the past few years that they’re now smaller than sales of CDs, vinyl, and other physical media, which hasn’t been the case since 2011.
The stats, which come from the RIAA’s newly released 2017 year end report, show that digital downloads fell to $1.3 billion last year, whereas physical media, while also falling, only declined to $1.5 billion… More at The Verge.
I feel like I’m gonna gearing to be someone’s grandpa ’cause I just don’t get it. For me, downloadable, purchasable singles have brought on a golden age of music: I’m able to get the songs I want, pay artists, assemble a permanent music collection without paying rent on it, and never worry about wireless download amounts or not having a connection. I hate that the form I so love is losing in popularity, because it means support over the coming years and decades will not be a priority. Kirk.
Interesting view from Kirk, but I can fully understand why digital downloads are losing popularity. For me, anyone who is tech savvy enough to look at digital downloads will most likely move to streaming, and is owning a digital file really owning anything?