Digital music revenue in the United States from 2008 to 2016, 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 2016, broken down by type. In 2013, revenue from digital album sales amounted to 1.23 billion U.S. dollars, up from 1.2 billion a year earlier.

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The increase in digital music revenue may be down to the accessibility and availability of digital music. For legal downloads, consumers can pick between iTunes, Amazon MP3, eMusic, Google Play and Xbox Music. Of course there are countless numbers of illegal sites which distribute digital music also. Digital music’s share of overall music sales in the United States has grown year-on-year. In 2004, digital sales only garnered a 2.9 percent share of overall music sales. In 2014 however, music sales grew to 59.6 percent of the overall music sales in the United States.
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 from 2003 to 2013, features artists such as Adele, Lady Gaga and Macklemore. The title for the top selling digital song goes to ‘I Gotta Feeling’ from the Black Eyed Peas’ fifth album entitled ‘The E.N.D.’ The song generated 8.44 million downloads in the United States after its release on May 21, 2009. 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 2013 amounted to 1.57 billion U.S. dollars, which marked a drop in value from 1.62 billion in 2012. Yet the value of digital album sales on the other hand saw an increase from 1.2 billion in 2012 to 1.23 billion in 2013.

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