How the web has changed the way we buy music – Infographic

by Guest Author on October 14, 2010

in Guest Posts, iTunes, Tech News

The music industry is always changing, from the original LP records first introduced in 1926 (that were as big as 16 inches in diameter) to now being able to download the world of music straight to your phone. Since people discovered downloading music through the internet the music industry has changed dramatically. It’s now at a situation where 98% of music singles bought are now downloads.

The world of internet downloads laid berth to the Apple’s iTunes. Launched in 2001, it offered its users the ability to connect to the iTunes store to purchase and download music legally at a touch of a button.

As of September 2010, 11.7 billion songs have been downloaded through iTunes. Its phenomenal success was helped by the release of the iPhone in January 2007 that was labelled the ‘revolutionary mobile phone’.

A staggering fact is that 64% of iPhone users now consume online music in the United States.

The below infographic courtesy of details how the web has changed the way we buy music and it contains some brilliant facts and figures.


{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Karen October 14, 2010 at 17:23

I still prefer to buy a lot of my music on CD, the sound of a CD is still superior to the sound of a compressed MP3 file, even if it is of a high quality, but then again, if CDs do finally start to fade away, I suppose I won’t have any other options!

Klaus October 14, 2010 at 17:35

Personally I can’t really hear a difference in CD and good quality MP3’s – so I’d rather buy a single MP3 than the whole CD where maybe 80% of the songs I’ll never listen to 🙂

Karen October 14, 2010 at 17:56

I think it all boils down to the quality of the system the music is on and the ear of the listener, it may be down to me actually doing music myself, that I have developed a keen ear for subtle differences, but, I do agree with you on not purchasing a whole album if you are only after a few tracks, that is where I usually purchase MP3s, but for whole albums, then it has to be the CD 😉

Mark Hooson October 15, 2010 at 11:25

I caught an old episode of a BBC comedy last night, and as the character was rifling through a stack of CD cases I thought that they are already starting to look obscure and antiquated!

Ron October 18, 2010 at 03:57

Great infographic. But like Karen, I prefer buying CDs. Aside from quality sounds, it was one of my collections. I still prefer physical products. =)

Brian Rogel October 21, 2010 at 18:19

I think it’s still continuing to shift with sites like Pandora and Rdio. After doing Rdio’s free trial I was pretty much hooked. As many songs and CD’s as you can download, share playlist with friends, sync to your phone…it’s pretty fantastic. I think sites like these may eventually win out over itunes

im a Flirt October 25, 2010 at 11:04

personally im still lovin it digg in the cd or vinyl boxes at a recordstore itunes or other stores just can give u that feeling of buying music !

[email protected] November 1, 2010 at 15:41

It is pretty much comfortable to choose and download music from Apple’s iTunes, but anyway I still like to buy different CD in common music shops…maybe it is odd…but I feel myself really relaxed there…

Norb Winslow August 11, 2011 at 04:52

I hardly feel the difference between CD and MP3 audio quality. Regardless of that, I too prefer CD album, but due to its high price I have to compromise with digital MP3. Physical albums are facing hard time now, as there are lots of illegal song download sites and of course the legal ones. Let’s support original! iTunes FTW!

Mike December 6, 2011 at 22:34

One of the best infographs I’ve seen for the music industry.

Erma Loyd June 8, 2020 at 13:11

I can remember old rock bands got huge amount of sells of their new released album. Now a days everything came so easy and people don’t love to buy music anymore. It’s quite disappointing.

I appreciate your explanation and the post. Love this.


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