Nielsen (via AppleInsider) is reporting that music sales in the U.S. so far in 2011 are up. Digital album purchases are up 16.8%, and individual track sales are up 9.6%. Catalog album sales also saw a jump of 5.4%, which is accredited to the arrival of the Beatles catalog on iTunes in 2010. Also worth […]
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Beatles on iTunes Boosts Digital Music Sales

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Nielsen (via AppleInsider) is reporting that music sales in the U.S. so far in 2011 are up. Digital album purchases are up 16.8%, and individual track sales are up 9.6%. Catalog album sales also saw a jump of 5.4%, which is accredited to the arrival of the Beatles catalog on iTunes in 2010.

Also worth noting is that digital music now constitutes more than half of all music sales in the U.S., which is a 12.4% jump in digital music over last year.

Oddly, vinyl is also up 37% over the year prior, but only make up 1.2% of all physical media sales. CDs are still the way to go. Another odd bit of info, is that Rock is the most popular genre of music, Pop makes up 40% of all digital music sold.

Ok, I have to get my smarmy comments in. First, Pop makes up 40% of digital music downloads, because tweens are currently the biggest consumer of digital music, and the music they like happens to be shitty. Secondly, vinyl has seen an uptick because of all these flannel wearing hipsters walking around. You know the type I’m talking about.

As for how this is vaguely Apple related- Apple is by far the #1 retailer of all music, let alone digital music. So at least for the moment, an upward trend in digital music means more revenue for Apple.

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