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2014 vinyl sales at record high, downloads decline – The Vinyl Factory

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Vinyl record sales and streams soar while paid downloads decline.

According to Nielsen SoundScan data, vinyl record sales hit 9.2 million in the US, up 52% from 2013. The numbers are the highest since the music industry monitor Soundscan started tracking back in 1991. The data also indicates that the vinyl market accounts for about six percent of album sales overall.

In the digital market, downloads fell to 1.1 billion from 1.26 billion in 2013 while streaming grew sharply to 164 billion songs, up 54% from 106 billion in 2013.

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