There has been a significant drop in CD sales since the start of the year according to the BPI, the company that represents the music industry.
Sales have fell a massive “25% from 20.5 million in 2011 to 15 million this year”. CD sales were at their best in 2004, with “163 million cd’s sold in the UK”, showing how significant the drop has been.
Digital sales continue to be on the rise, with nearly a third of all music now being brought digitally. However the industry is struggling to cope and loosing hundreds of millions of pounds due to illegal downloads.
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Lisa Duggan, 24, from Leeds says “I haven’t brought a CD for a very long time. I just download all my music now through Itunes. Something needs to be done to make them more appealing”.
Vinyl’s on the other hand, are making a comeback, with many people realising they represent a part of history. For many, a vinyl can be seen as the true version of a song, with amazing artwork and sound quality making it an easy choice for music lovers everywhere.
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Loz Sadler, 25 says “I buy all my music on vinyl. I must have over 200 records. The music quality just isn’t the same on CD’s”.
This said, CD’s still remain the favourite way to get music, accounting for 76% of the total sales according to the BPI. However with the authenticity of vinyls and the ability to download songs at the click of a button, create playlists of your favourite song on your ipod, or just hit shuffle and let it decide what to play, this trend may well continue. Perhaps it wont be long before we say goodbye to the CD.
Here’s a run down of the music stats so far for 2012:
Gotye is the biggest selling single of the year so far
Adele’s 21 is the biggest selling single of the year so far
Third of albumbs now sold digitally
(Source: BPI/Official Charts Company)