Life as I know it… plus commentary

The end is near…

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…if you’re a CD anyway.

Cnet reports the following:

The biggest contributor to the growth was digital music, Nielsen reported. There were 1.07 billion digital tracks sold in 2008, up 27 percent from 2007, and there were 65.8 million digital albums sold, up 32 percent.

All told, according to Nielsen, the number of albums sold–including CDs, LPs, and digital albums–fell 14 percent to 428 million in the year just ended. Physical albums sold through e-commerce sites fell 8.6 percent to 27.5 million units from 2007 to 2008.

Nielsen noted that vinyl sales set a record in its SoundScan era, at 1.88 million units sold, beating the previous record of 1.5 million from 2000. (Nielsen SoundScan tracks point-of-purchase sales of recorded music.)

This pretty much reflects what I’ve been seeing in our own sales at work.  Physical sales are down, digital sales are up.  We’re actually doing more in digital than physical now.  It’s a whole new world, people and this is just the tip.  Robots that clean the house, nanobots that fix the weather, and self cleaning soap is just months away I’m sure.  

By the way, the bit about vinyl makes me laugh.  In the grand scheme of things, 1.88 million total sales in a year is like one hit album’s sales for the year as compared with the total music sales in a year.  And the record breaking additional 330k is really barely more than statistically irrelevant.  But it makes you wonder who is still buying their music in vinyl form.  Crazy Radiohead fans… that’s who.  (My guess anyways).  Who really wants a format you can’t play in your car.  The record is too big for the dash and you spend a ton of money in phonograph needles if you live in a city with a lot of potholes.


Written by arnold

January 11, 2009 at 10:06 pm

Posted in Technology

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  1. I have a vinyl player in my car

    [enter image of Dustin pulling out his favorite Radiohead album and inserting, like a “cd”, into player since the technology is sooo advanced now that this is possible. For possibly funnier image, picture him also wearing giant bear paw gloves and huffing and puffing like he’d just been shot with a tranquilizer gun..yeah, picture that]


    January 12, 2009 at 8:38 pm

  2. And going… wait for it…. “rwaaaarrr”.


    January 12, 2009 at 10:16 pm

  3. aside from your ongoing bear sound battle…it’s actually more of a “hugph (pause) hugph (pause) ugph (pause) ug (pause) uh (pause)”


    January 13, 2009 at 10:55 am

  4. That sounds more like the Grape Lady.


    January 13, 2009 at 11:10 pm

  5. uggggggggggggggggggggggh, owie, owie, owie, owie, uggggggggggggggggggggggggh

    thats the grape ladey


    January 14, 2009 at 11:29 am

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