US CD Sales Continue Their Decline

The numbers are in and it’s just not good news. Sales of compact discs in the United States dropped 20 percent in the first three months of 2010. 89 million CDs were sold through March 18th, compared to the 112 million CD’s for the same period in 2006. The glimmer of hope is that sales of individually purchased digital songs rose from 242 million in those months in those months in 2006 to 288 million in those months this year. That’s a big gap. Essentially it’s sending a clear message to the record industry: make a mostly crappy album and I’ll only buy the good songs. “Digital music industry analyst Michael McGuire of Gartner Resarch sums its up quite nicely. “While you may have put a lot of thought into the sequence of the album, I only like these three songs. It comes back to consumers being in complete control of their media experience, and that is not going backwards.”

Have YOU purchased any physical CD’s recently or have you totally switched to digital?



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