Sell ​​music downloads U.S. drops for the first time since opening iTunes store ‘




Sell ​​music downloads U.S. drops for the first time since opening iTunes store ‘

For the first time Apple’s popular iTunes music store opened its doors in 2003, is selling music downloads in the U.S. declined. That says market researcher Nielsen after investigation. The cause could lie with the popularity of streaming services.

Apple iTunes 11.0 logo (114 pix) U.S. sales of individual songs from download stores fell by 5.7 percent in 2013 from 1.34 billion to 1.26 billion units. Selling album downloads dropped a fraction, 0.1 percent to 117.6, which were about the digital counter in 2012, 117.7 million albums, according to Nielsen SoundScan statistics research. The CD sales fell further, while vinyl sales is again on the rise, writes Billboard.

Nielsen does not publish data on the use of streaming music services, but it is generally believed that the popularity of services like Spotify allows for the reduction in sales. The increase in revenue that would decrease revenue sales partially compensate out. Revenue from streaming subscriptions would have increased by 233 percent in the Netherlands, even in 2012, reported th e global interests of the music industry IFPI early 2013.

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