This GIF Illustrates Our Music Consumption Over 40 Years
There are several things we can take away from this animation of how we consume music. Contrary to what many artists will tell you, the amount of money they are receiving for streams is getting better. Vinyl is experiencing a comeback, but for all those purists out there: Don’t expect to see 1200s become standard anywhere anytime soon. From its all-time low in the early ‘90s of 0.1 percent of all sales, it has resurged only about 4 percent since then, and vinyl singles have all but disappeared. We now live in a time when teenagers (and many young adults) have never seen or listened to music on tape.
What’s most striking, though, is seeing the how quickly non-physical forms of media took over once they were introduced, especially when you consider how long the LP was the standard way to purchase music. It also shows us how consumption has become so much more fragmented, with so many new avenues of consumption, a trend that will only continue into the future.
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