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From: Jerry McBride [mailto:[log in to unmask]] 
Sent: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 11:37 AM
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Subject: [MLA-L] Future of the CD


This has been an interesting discussion. The decline in CD sales in general
is a clear trend. The Recording Industry in Numbers, 2014 ed. shows this
quite clearly on p. 18. Here are the percentages for global revenues by
source 2008 vs. 2013

2008% / 2013% - Category
64/41 CDs
14/26 Permanent downloads
2  /11 Streaming (ad-supported and subscription)
4  /  7 Performance rights (SoundExchange royalties)
0.4/ 1 Vinyl
15/12 All other formats

It is even more pronounced for the US for 2013, where the ratio was 30% -
60%, CDs - digital. In 2013, subscription services were the fastest growing
segment of the market. Downloads are still the largest part of the digital
market. The decline in CD sales slowed, and vinyl increased 26.9% in 2013.
These statistics do not show particular niche markets such as classical
music where CD sales are probably still strong, audiophiles, special
collectables, etc. There are still a lot of CDs being produced, but the
trend to downloads and subscriptions overall seems clear.

Jerry McBride
Head Librarian
Music Library and Archive of Recorded Sound
Braun Music Center, Room 104
Stanford University
541 Lasuen Mall
Stanford, CA 94305-3076
650-384-9817 (mobile)
650-725-1145 (fax)