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Vinyl & CD Sales Up, Digital Downloads Down In 2021

The latest trends in music sales?  Vinyl and CDs are up, while digital downloads are trending down.

According to the RIAA’s year-end report, Vinyl officially became a billion-dollar industry in 2021, topping $1.037 billion in revenues.

CDs also had a strong year, up $100 million from 2020.  Not doing so well?  Digital downloads, which sank by roughly $80 million.

Of course, streaming is still king – streaming apps generated nearly $12.5 billion in 2021.

How do you listen to music – do you buy physical albums, or rely on streaming apps?



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