Digital Albums Booming, But CDs Still Prevail

Digital Albums Booming, But CDs Still Prevail

iTunesChart.jpgAustralians are increasingly keen on buying digital music, but despite the shrinking CD sections in most music stores, the compact disc remains our preferred means of consumption. ARIA’s 2008 wholesale sales figures show that physical music sales were worth $371 million, while digital music sales were $54 million. However, with physical sales down 12% while digital sales grew 35%, the trend towards digital is still clear. One encouraging sign for artists looking to be more than one-hit wonders is that growth in digital albums was much higher than in sales of single tracks. Have you gone all digital, or do you still prefer CDs? Share your music-buying habits in the comments.


  • I still buy CDs. I only buy digital if I have no option.

    Lots of artists I like are local ones, so I try to go to the gig and buy it there so they get as much money from the CD as possible. Often, a lot of them don’t have distribution deals so you can’t pick them up at most stores (unless we’re talking somewhere genuinely awesome like Rare Records in St. Kilda).

    I like the artwork, I like that it’s more physical and all that kind of crap. However, I also like things like NIN’s Ghosts release, where you could have digital now and CD (or vinyls or blu ray disc + DVDA + CD’s lol) posted out to you later.

    I think digital files are great for one off tracks or if you say, buy a couple of songs, then go back and fill out the rest of the album later. I don’t usually buy music that way, but I can see how it would be appealing.

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