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This update provides a detailed analysis of all of Italy's main music industry sectors.


  • Italy's recorded-music sector has experienced an erratic few years. Despite the ongoing digital transition, overall performance has been most affected by sales of physical formats.
  • A surprising jump in CD album sales a few years ago added almost as much revenue as streaming. The last couple of years, however, has seen physical sales fall and digital gains struggle to offset the decline.

Features and Benefits

  • Covers all sectors of the Italian music industry.
  • Assesses recorded-music sales, retailing, royalty collections, and the live sector.

Key questions answered

  • What share of recorded-music sales comes from digital sources?
  • Which of the current crop of digital music services is generating most revenue for local record companies?

Table of contents

Recorded music

  • Italy edging toward the digital tipping point
  • Record companies

Music retail

  • The future of selling music is now all about access
  • Digital infrastructure and access developments

Rights administration and royalty collections

  • Performance rights collections


  • Radio under pressure from competing services
  • DTT dominates TV viewing


  • Pop the biggest concert sector
  • Merger and acquisition activity abounds
  • Tackling ticketing abuse


  • Methodology
  • Author