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There are still music fans in the U.S. who want to own albums and are excited about playing them in a physical format. There just aren’t a whole lot of those fans to go around.
Lost in Nielsen Soundscan’s midyear revelation that streaming is the only relevant means of selling music was the admission that the album isn’t quite dead yet. Though total albums sales are down nearly 15% from the same period last year and compact disc, digital album and digital track sales are all down by double-digit percentage points, vinyl record sales have jumped a whopping 40.4% since the first six months of last year.