Digital music revenue in the United States from 2008 to 2017, by type (in million U.S. dollars)

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Digital kiosk salesMusic video downloadsRingtones & ringbacks*Subscription and streaming**Album downloadsSingle downloadsOther digital***
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The statistic provides a breakdown of digital music revenue in the United States from 2008 to 2017, broken down by type. In 2016, revenue from digital albums downloads amounted to 875.8 million U.S. dollars, down from over one billion a year earlier.
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 2016, approximately 35 percent of global internets users admitted to accessing music through copyright infringement, the most popular method being music ripping.

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 2016, features artists such as Twenty One Pilots, Justin Bieber, and Drake. The title for the top selling digital song goes to ‘My House’ by Flo Rida. The song sold 1.95 million units in the United States from January to June 2016.

Nevertheless, the share of the digital music market does not always directly correspond to the value of the digital market. The value of digital music singles downloads in 2016 amounted to 906.8 million U.S. dollars, which marked a drop in value from 1.12 billion in 2015. The value of digital album sales also saw a decrease from 1.1 billion in 2015 to 876 million in 2016.
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September 2017
United States
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2008 to 2017
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* 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 2014 were taken from RIAA's earlier publications.

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