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Music trends

Via Tam, who strolls down her musical memory lane, comes this animated chart of popular music delivery over time.

I was an early adopter of the CD and Mp3s. I have not made the switch to streaming services because I’m old.

8 Responses to “Music trends”

  1. RandyGC Says:

    I have not switched to streaming services because I am cheap and broke.

    (and I know about and occasionally use, the free stuff out there. Doesn’t help when driving or someplace else without WiFi and have a limited data plan on the phone. I’ve always got my MP3 collection with me.)

  2. Jailer Says:

    I haven’t made the switch to streaming services because I’m an old codger and like to actually physically own what I’m paying for. Just not in for all these “pay for services” that everything seems to be going to.

  3. Ellen Says:

    I had vinyl records, and cassette tapes.I digitized the vinyl okay, but the tape deck wasn’t as cooperative. CDs, of course, are already digital. So about everything I have is digital these days, save for a few tapes.

  4. The Neon Madman Says:

    Old? Get offa my lawn, kid!

  5. DOuglas2/Unknown Says:

    I note from the animation that vinyl seems to have already (re)peaked, and is on its way back down. It is not going down as fast as CD, hence the attention-getting headline “Vinyl to outsell CD”. That’s in revenue, by the way, with vinyl netting some $26 per unit according the the reported RIAA sums.

    Music delivery methods that are online rather than with a tangible physical object to distribute have tremendously more units sold, but also tremendously less revenue per-unit

    I find the more interesting graph to be the static one much further down the page, the revenue adjusted for inflation, that shows there has been a huge crash in sales of recorded music in all formats since 1998 that we are only recently beginning to recover from in the past several years.

    In all I think people are enjoying and paying for music much more than ever, but the the revenue is split up many more ways so few people are getting rich on it anymore.

  6. JTC Says:

    It’s not about the numbers Douglas…

    What matters is the way-back machine in old noggins that is triggered by remembering the transitions…like in my case the new vinyl releases at the local Peaches store that would be taken home and handled with care as I set up the Kenwood to record them onto the TDK C90 cassettes that would travel with me in my brand-new black ’79 280ZX while the LP’s went back into the sleeves and kept for future reference and of course the jacket art…

    …with the whole load going for pennies at a garage sale a decade later because what mattered then was what my babies needed for school and such.

    But still, those times can be accessed for their magic mind-curative powers when needed.

  7. James Shearouse Says:

    When they say “vinyl,” do they mean 33 1/3, 45, 16, or 78 RPM?

  8. DOuglas2/Unknown Says:

    James – they mean both 33-1/3 LP and 45 single. Those are broken out on the lower charts in different (but hard to distinguish) colors