Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Sunday July 10, 2016

Music Downloads Post Their Worst Decline Ever

In what is being regarded as the most severe drop on record, music downloads have fallen to 23.9%, with total sales at 404.9 million. While I prefer a personal collection I can maintain and curate, streaming seems to be the most practical solution for people who get their music digitally.

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آ…debates over whether streaming is cannibalizing downloads are being thrown out the window, with the latter clearly devouring the former for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a midnight snack. 2016 is clearly the year that killed paid music downloads. But unlike CDs and vinyl, which enjoyed post-extinction lifespans, the music download could be permanently wiped off the Earth. Emmanuel Zunz, CEO of digital distributor ONErpm, was the first to predict a complete and total replacement of the paid download, simply because streaming is so directly competitive (and better).

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