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This graph depicts the global revenue of the recorded music industry from 2002 to 2016. In 2016, the total revenue of the recorded music industry amounted to 16.1 billion U.S. dollars.


The global music industry – additional information

Data on the growth of the global music industry revenue between 2015 and 2020, broken down by category, places digital music at the forefront of the marketplace. Between 2015 and 2020, digital music streaming is expected to grow by 21.65 percent on an annual basis. However, digital music downloading is expected to fall by 14.26 percent in the same period. Physical recorded music is expected to suffer and will fall by 12.32 percent annually.
The revenue generated by the digital music industry worldwide is expected to grow between 2015 and 2020. It was estimated that the digital music revenue would reach 11.7 billion in 2015 and rise to 15.7 billion U.S. dollars by 2020.
Nonetheless, the dominance of digital music has not made traditional music formats defunct just yet. Take for example the revenue of vinyl record sales worldwide from 1997 to 2015. Back in 1997, the sale of vinyl records generated revenue of 144 million U.S. dollars worldwide. By 2006, this figure had dropped to a dismal 34 million U.S. dollars worldwide. Yet in 2053, the trend shifted and sales of vinyl records reached a healthy 416 million U.S. dollars worldwide, an amount which had been steadily rising since 2007, which indicates a spectacular revival for the phonograph record.

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