Despite free music being easier than ever to acquire, it would appear that legal music sales have counter intuitively increased from this time last year. SoundScan is reporting that since January 1st digital music has sold 155.5 million albums or 1% more than this time last year. Yes, it’s just up a hair, but this is the first time since College Dropout and Encore that the number hasn’t declined. So rejoice RIAA and please begin to slowly pull the sticks out of your asses by falling back with your pesky lawsuits against your own customers.
But what’s actually eye-popping is that digital sales have skyrocketed relative to 2010. According to TechCrunch, reports show “digital album sales are up 19 percent through the first six months over 2010 and are on pace to set a new sales record at the end of the year”. More than 660.8 million digital units were sold in the first half of 2011, an 11 percent increase from the summer of last year.”
News like this might explain why stores like Best Buy are slowly depleting their inventory of physical CDs. Of course, this is an inconvenience to people like me who insist on holding their music in their hands the old-fashioned way.