Nearly all music singles are bought online

Of all music singles sold, 98% are bought online, according to data from the Office of National Statistics.

Sales of music singles are on the rise. In 2007, a total of 87 million singles were bought either physically or digitally. By 2009 that figure had risen to 153 million – an increase of over 75 per cent.

In the corressponding period, album sales fell 7 percent to 135 million. More significant were changes to the way we buy albums – while sales of physical albums declined by 14 percent, digital album purchases grew by 160 percent.

Jen Beaumont, editor of ONS Social Trends, said: ‘These figures show that downloading is now overwhelmingly the most popular way for music fans to purchase songs.

‘However, when buying a whole album, fans still clearly prefer to buy a physical product.’

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