In 2015, the most popular genres of music in Australia by sales were rock and pop. Combined, these genres accounted for 76.13 percent of all sales. Elsewhere, classical and opera accounted for 4.7 percent, and traditional and world music accounted for less than one percent of total sales.
Physical and digital sales
In the same year, digital format music sales in Australia were valued at around 415 million Australian dollars and physical formats at around 177 million Australian dollars. Digital sales have increased year on year in value, reaching 649 million Australian dollars in 2018, with growth expected to continue to 2022, when digital sales are predicted to be worth around 9.5 billion Australian dollars.
The opposite is true for physical formats, despite the resurgence of the vinyl market in recent years. Sales of physical formats declined to 135 million Australian dollars in 2017, and this is predicted to reduce even further to around 58 million Australian dollars by 2022.
Total market size of the music industry
2015 saw a total music industry value of 1.31 billion Australian dollars. Since that year, the industry has recognized continued year on year upward growth, with a value that is predicted to reach around 1.79 billion Australian dollars by 2022.
Distribution of music sales in Australia from 2010 to 2015, by genre
The source provides the following comment: "The statistics (...) are indicative only. There is no precise definition of each genre and any allocation of genre is subjective and the responsibility of each Record Company. Furthermore these statistics have only been compiled from the figures that we have received and do not constitute an analysis of total Australian sales. The figures do not include any compilation sales."
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