Downloads Down 12% in UK, Albums Down 5% – But Streaming Up 81%

The UK recorded music market saw a painful decline in single-track downloads in the first three months of 2015, but the number of tracks streamed almost doubled.

Track downloads fell 11.9% year-on-year in Q1, dropping from 41.08m in  to 36.18m.

Digital album sales also dropped significantly by 8.6%, from 7.91m to 7.23m.

Albums in m UK Q1 2015

But according to BPI data reported by German B2B MusikMarkt, streaming had a stormer.

The volume of total streams on audio services (not including YouTube) hit 5.32bn in the quarter, up a whopping 81.4% on the equivalent period in 2014, when they reached 2.93bn.

In the whole of 2014, 14.8bn tracks were streamed by consumers in the UK, according to the BPI.

That means that even if the volume of streaming didn’t increase over the next three quarters – which of course, it will, especially with Apple entering the fray – and stayed rigid at 5.32bn every three months, 2015’s streaming tally would still be 48.2% bigger than 2014.

Via Music Business Worldwide