The first time since 2011.
Physical music outsold digital downloads in 2017 according to a new report from The Recording Industry Association Of America (RIAA) on US music sales.
Though the streaming industry is still on top, taking up 65% of the market, physical sales and digital downloads followed at 17% and 15% percent.
Downloads fell 25% in sales last year, while physical sale dropped 4%, which the report calls “a lower rate of decline than recent years.” That is due to vinyl sales which rose 10%, while other formats sank slightly, such as CDs which dropped 6%.
“Vinyl continues to be a bright spot among physical formats,” RIAA concluded.