LOS ANGELES – Digital downloads of songs continued to fall out of favor with Americans in the first half of the year, while free and paid music-streaming revenue kept growing, even without much of a bump from the launch of Apple Music.
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That's according to mid-year sales figures released by the Recording Industry Association of America on Monday. They show overall music industry revenue fell a half percentage point to $3.2 billion.
Revenue from paid subscriptions to services like Spotify and Rhapsody grew 25 percent to $478 million, while revenue from free services like Pandora grew 22 percent to $550 million.
Download sales revenue fell 4 percent to $1.3 billion, while physical disc sales dropped 17 percent to $748 million.
Apple Music launched on the last day statistics were recorded.