Recording industry

Digital music has contributed to greater demand for single tracks, in place of full albums

The ‘a la carte’ model (where the consumer pays per track or per album) has contributed to a trend towards sales of single tracks, away from albums.

Single digital tracks now make up the majority of units sold. However their smaller average unit price means they only account for 27 percent of wholesale market value.

CD album sales have fallen from around 50 million units in 2006 to 20 million units in 2013, yet they still make up 40 percent of market value, with higher average unit prices than digital music.