Today, Nielsen reports that the sales of digital music have flattened in the year 2010, versus previous years. While they’re quick to suggest that the flat-line isn’t a long-term effect, and more of a short-term situation, it looks like the effect isn’t being felt around the world, but mostly just in the United States, based on their reported numbers. While the US flattens out, countries like Germany and France are still seeing inclines in the digital music market.
The numbers from Nielsen suggest that the sales of digital music have gone flat. When reported back in 2008, the increase from 2007 to 2008 was a promising 28%. And from 2008 to 2009, the market saw an incline of 13 percent. But this year, it’s a different story, as sales have managed to taper out, and find a nice “plateau.” That’s exactly what Nielsen is saying is happening. They add to the plateau idea that this “doesn’t mean that this digital consumption is going to drop significantly.”
The same report shows that sales in other countries aren’t flattening, but continuing to climb. In Britain, Nielsen is reporting a 7 percent increase. Germany saw a 13 percent climb, and there’s a 19 percent rise in France. So even if the music sales in the digital retailers aren’t climbing in the States, it’s good to see that they’re climbing in other places on the globe.