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2024 | Sales & Revenue

Digital Music Report 2015 | IFPI

The global recording industry is passing through a new transition in the fast-evolving digital marketplace. The key features of this evolution, driven by consumers, are the rapid growth of music streaming; a marked diversity of revenue streams and trends from one country to another and a continued evolution from traditional models of music ownership to the new fast-growing model of music access.

Key Findings

  • The industry’s digital revenues in 2014 increased 6.9% to $6.85 billion
  • In 2014, or the first time, the industry derived the same proportion of revenues from digital channels (46%) as physical format sales (46%).
  • Revenues from music subscription revenues now make up 23% of digital revenues globally, up from only 18% in 2013.
  • An estimated 41 million people worldwide now pay for a music subscription service, up from 28 million in 2013.
  • However, overall recorded music revenues in 2014 fell slightly by 0.4% to $14.97 billion.

Source: International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI)