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German recorded-music trade body BVMI has reported a second consecutive flat 12-month period for retail sales of recorded music, with total spending edging down year on year.


  • Germany could be set for more years of modest changes in total recorded-music sales, with future growth dependent on maintaining the audio subscription momentum.

Features and Benefits

  • Details the latest recorded-music retail sales figures published by German music trade association BVMI.
  • Assesses sales by format and looks ahead to the possibility that this year may also be difficult for the recorded-music sector.

Key questions answered

  • What share of recorded-music sales in Germany come from streaming?
  • Which other revenue source for German record companies in addition to streaming registered sharp growth last year?

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  • Summary
  • All square in the digital gain and physical decline
  • Closing in on the audio streaming tipping point
  • Comparing changes in streams served with access revenue


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