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Digital music outsells CDs for first time in Singapore

Gap widens due to big drop in popularity of physical albums

Published on Apr 16, 2014 10:39 AM
The HMV music store at 313@Somerset closed last year, a sign of the decreasing popularity of CDs and records. MYPAPER -- FILE PHOTO

Digital music sales in Singapore overtook those of CDs and records last year for the first time.

But this was not because of a huge jump in the number of people downloading songs from iTunes. Rather, far fewer CDs had been sold.

Sales for digital music hit US$5.5 million (S$6.9 million) last year, up 28 per cent from 2012.

But sales of CDs and records dipped by 44 per cent in the same period to US$4.5 million, based on data from the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI).

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