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Ovum's recorded-music retail sales forecast covers physical and digital formats and services through to 2021.


  • Retail sales of recorded music are forecast to increase annually for the next five years.
  • Paid subscriptions will account for more than half the total spending in 2021.

Features and Benefits

  • The forecast covers physical and digital formats and services to 2021.
  • The physical retail total is for consumer spending on CDs, vinyl records, audiocassettes, other minor audio formats, and music videos.

Key questions answered

  • How much will recorded-music retail spending grow in the next five years?
  • What share of recorded-music sales will be generated by access services in the years up to and including 2021?

Table of contents


  • Introduction
  • Download 1: Recorded-Music Retail Sales Forecast: 2016–21

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