According to the Huffington Post, digital formats have overtaken physical formats in regards to U.S. shipments. “Digital formats slightly passed 50 percent of total music shipments in the United States, beating out physical (CDs, vinyl) shipments.” According to The Verge, this is the first time this has ever happened.
This is an addendum to the recent Donewaiting post concerning the massive growth (99.6%) of vinyl 45s in the U.S. Though vinyl continues to grow, physical sales, on the whole, are still on the downswing. They may never rise again. The joy of holding an album in hand, reading the liner notes, and adding to one’s collection are experienced only by a smaller, fortunate number these days. C’est la vie.