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Music labels still expect to see sales drop by $5 billion

With traditional music sales of CDs plummeting, music labels are looking for alternate revenue streams. While record labels see higher profit margins from physical media sales like CDs, the huge volume of sales that digital downloads can deliver may offset the lower profit margins.

According to a new study from research firm eMarketer, traditional music sales will continue to decline, but online and mobile music sales will grow rapidly. As faster mobile networks are introduced around the country, digital music downloads will become faster and easier for users to purchase.

The report predicts that by 2011, mobile music sales will be a $7.3 billion business. In 2007, mobile music sales amounted to $1.7 billion and by the end of the year sales are predicted to total about $3 billion. In 2009 the number is expected to hit $4.8 billion and by 2010 the mobile music industry will be worth $6.2 billion.

Despite the huge growth to be seen in the mobile music market, Information Week reports that the music industry expects to see a decline in music sales of about $5 billion. The report includes master recording ring tones, full-track audio downloads, ringback tones, music video downloads and streaming services in the predicted market worth.

There are many mobile services looking to cash in on the massive growth expected for mobile music downloads. Apple’s iTunes music download service is currently the top digital music retailer and Apple has said it plans to enter the mobile music market with ring tones and more.

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RE: I don't care...
By zBernie on 7/7/2008 12:29:17 PM , Rating: -1
If everyone were like you, there wouldn't be a music industry.

RE: I don't care...
By Eri Hyva on 7/7/2008 12:33:15 PM , Rating: 2

Would that stop the Earth turning?
It is hard in steam engine and dog sled industries, too. In 21st century.

RE: I don't care...
By sgw2n5 on 7/7/2008 12:42:03 PM , Rating: 2
You say that like it would be a bad thing.

I'd rather have a lose consortium of brazillions of independent bands, all producing creative and unstifled work than all of this Britney Spears crap that is out nowadays.

RE: I don't care...
By sxr7171 on 7/7/2008 1:03:27 PM , Rating: 2
Wow good riddance. The "music industry" that brought us Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. Using "music" in that sentence is like an oxymoron.

RE: I don't care...
By daftrok on 7/7/2008 9:33:08 PM , Rating: 2
Christina Aguilera is a VERY talented MILF with great songs. Britney Spears is OK, she was great in the 90s but now not so much.

RE: I don't care...
By TSS on 7/7/2008 5:23:57 PM , Rating: 2
you mean, if everyone was like him the only people left making music would be the ones doing it for the music not the money.

granted there wouldn't be much left after that much of a shock, but it'll get better....eventually...

"So, I think the same thing of the music industry. They can't say that they're losing money, you know what I'm saying. They just probably don't have the same surplus that they had." -- Wu-Tang Clan founder RZA

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