CD Single Sales Now Rising?

from the can't-keep-track dept

It was just a few weeks ago that the music industry was claiming that music downloading was killing the market for singles, but the latest numbers show that they’re shipping almost three times as many singles to stores this year than they did last year. Some are suggesting it’s because people are hearing specific songs online, and realizing they only want to buy that song and not the whole album. How does the industry explain this? Like they do with any evidence that suggests music sharing may act to promote music buying: they claim it’s an abnormality. It’s funny how the music industry will use any statistic, no matter how out of context, to make their point that music sharing is destroying them – but they brush aside any evidence to the contrary. Still, if this is the case, then the music industry clearly knew about it last month when they were bemoaning the death of the single. To be honest, I’m even surprised by these numbers, and agree that it may be a one-time bump. However, I’m curious as to why the industry was complaining about the end of singles sales, when the evidence shows the opposite.

Rate this comment as insightful
Rate this comment as funny
You have rated this comment as insightful
You have rated this comment as funny
Flag this comment as abusive/trolling/spam
You have flagged this comment
The first word has already been claimed
The last word has already been claimed
Insightful Lightbulb icon Funny Laughing icon Abusive/trolling/spam Flag icon Insightful badge Lightbulb icon Funny badge Laughing icon Comments icon

Comments on “CD Single Sales Now Rising?”

Subscribe: RSS Leave a comment
Anonymous Coward says:

Gee Whiz ...

Imagine … people wanting to pay a reasonable price for the songs they actually want … The music industry sure is groovy !
Maybe one of these days they might even work out a distribution method that passes most of the work and cost onto the consumer much like P2P file sharing networks do now …
Gee Whiz … what will the geniuses @ RIAA do next ?

Add Your Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here

Comment Options:

Make this the or (get credits or sign in to see balance) what's this?

What's this?

Techdirt community members with Techdirt Credits can spotlight a comment as either the "First Word" or "Last Word" on a particular comment thread. Credits can be purchased at the Techdirt Insider Shop »

Follow Techdirt

Techdirt Daily Newsletter

Techdirt Deals
Techdirt Insider Discord
The latest chatter on the Techdirt Insider Discord channel...