In 2021, revenue from digital album downloads amounted to 282.2 million U.S. dollars, less than half the figure recorded in 2017. Meanwhile, subscription and streaming revenues have been increasing annually and reached 12.44 billion in 2020, making up the vast majority of revenues for the entire music industry.
Digital music – additional information
The increase in digital music revenue, more specifically subscription and streaming services, may be down to the accessibility and availability of digital music. For legal downloads, consumers can pick between services such as Spotify, Apple Music, and Pandora. Of course, there are countless numbers of illegal sites which distribute digital music also. In 2019, approximately 34 percent of global internet users aged 16 to 24 admitted to accessing music through music ripping, the most popular method being copyright infringement.
Digital music sales have made a huge impact on the listings of best-selling lists with digital sales either being combined with physical sales or set apart. The list of the top-selling digital songs in the United States in 2020 features artists such as The Weeknd, Tones and I, and Megan Thee Stallion. The title for the top selling digital song goes to ‘Blinding Lights’ by The Weeknd. The song sold over 372 thousand units in the United States from January to July 2020.
* Includes master ringtones, ringbacks, and, prior to 2013, music videos, full length downloads, and other mobile.
**SoundExchange Distributions as well as subscription and streaming not distributed by SoundExchange.
*** Includes Kiosks, music video downloads, and starting in 2016 other digital music licensing.
In 2012, RIAA changed the way it reports subscription figures. Earlier figures for this category are available in the download documents. Figures for the period 2008 to 2017 were taken from RIAA's earlier publications.
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RIAA. (March 9, 2022). Digital music revenue in the United States from 2008 to 2021, by type (in million U.S. dollars) [Graph]. In Statista. Retrieved June 30, 2022, from https://www.statista.com/statistics/186710/digital-music-revenue-in-the-us-since-2008/
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