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New figures published by the German music trade body BVMI show that retail sales of recorded music in the first half of this year were down slightly compared with the first half of last year.


  • Although streaming sales registered a good first half year, a big fall in spending on CD albums and a slight dip in vinyl album sales pulled down the market.
  • Despite the decline, the six-month period was particularly notable for two things: digital sales overtook physical for the first time, and streaming became the biggest revenue source.

Features and Benefits

  • Details recorded-music retail sales in Germany in the first half of this year.
  • Explains why the future for German music sales is positive.

Key questions answered

  • What is the biggest recorded-music retail stream in Germany?
  • What share of total spending on recorded music was accounted for by vinyl?

Table of contents

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  • Summary
  • Consumption transition dents German sales growth
  • Audio streaming breaks the 30-year dominance of CD albums
  • Growth set to return in the medium term


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