Two news stories this morning reveal the news that CD sales are down 8.5% while digital – online – sales are outstriping the CD format sales. The Daily Telegraph also reports that digital download sales are outselling CD’s by 20:1.
However, I wonder what percentage of the lost CD sales are a result of Australians importing their own CD’s. Those who bring their music in from the USA for example will know of the amazing disparity between the cost of a CD in Australian music shops, compared to those in the USA. As an example, the new Alison Krauss CD will cost up to $38.00 in an Aussie music store. To buy the same item in the USA will cost less than $20.00, even less ($15.00) if you care to buy online.
Aussie bluegrass fans have long ago figured out that if they pool their resources and order direct, they can afford double the number of CD’s for the same cost if they buy online.