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The changing way Americans consume music

Illustration by Krieg Barrie

By the Numbers: Hitting high notes
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41.3 million

The number of vinyl records U.S. consumers purchased in 2022, according to recently released data from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). With only 33.4 million compact discs sold, it marked the first time since 1987 that vinyl records outsold CDs.


The share of consumers who purchased vinyl records in the last year who actually own a turntable, according to Luminate.

92 million

The number of music streaming subscriptions that Americans have purchased through services like Spotify or Apple Music, according to RIAA.


The share of recorded-music revenues accounted for by physical products like CDs and records, according to RIAA, highlighting the paradigm shift toward digital music platforms.


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