Feeds

Digital singles all the rage in Europe

Still don't make much dosh, though

The Power of One Infographic

Sales of digital singles across Europe rose 13 per cent in the first half of 2011 – although in many cases it is simply younger local markets playing catch-up. Almost 170 million were sold in all, Nielsen has reported.

In Germany, singles sales were up 20 per cent, but the most mature market – the UK – still accounts for almost half the singles sold in Europe, with 47 per cent. The UK market still managed to record a 10.6 per cent rise.

These are all quite impressive figures, as to buy digital music you generally need a credit card – and most of the the traditional singles market of teenagers doesn't have a credit card.

Adele (3.22 million) sold more singles than Lady Gaga (2.36 million), or anyone else. Quite an achievement for a small indie label artist.

But before you send for more "chocolates and flowers", this graph puts the success in context. The music industry still looks to faithful older CD purchasers for the bulk of its income.

UK recorded music sales 2005-2010

And more ominously, the digital growth is stalling.

With music more popular than ever, there's a shortfall between willing payers and the download or streaming services for which they'll pay. It's only fair to the artists that people try harder than ever to fill that gap. ®

Mobile application security vulnerability report

More from The Register

next story
You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary
And we shall go about telling people you smell. No, not really
There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES
Even France's mega subsidies don't stop US content onslaught
Airbus promises Wi-Fi – yay – and 3D movies (meh) in new A330
If the person in front reclines their seat, this could get interesting
BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled
Auntie tight-lipped as major outage rolls on
UK Parliament rubber-stamps EMERGENCY data grab 'n' keep bill
Just 49 MPs oppose Drip's rushed timetable
Want to beat Verizon's slow Netflix? Get a VPN
Exec finds stream speed climbs when smuggled out
Samsung threatens to cut ties with supplier over child labour allegations
Vows to uphold 'zero tolerance' policy on underage workers
Dude, you're getting a Dell – with BITCOIN: IT giant slurps cryptocash
1. Buy PC with Bitcoin. 2. Mine more coins. 3. Goto step 1
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Prevent sensitive data leakage over insecure channels or stolen mobile devices.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Mobile application security vulnerability report
The alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, and the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.