Since a year ago, sales of digital music have increased by almost 50 percent. But sales of albums decreased 15%. Forbes writes:
A total of 229.8 million albums were sold in the U.S. between Jan. 1 and July 1, according to Nielsen SoundScan figures released Wednesday. That's a 15 percent decrease over the same period last year. Meanwhile digital tracks sales increased 49 percent to 417.3 million this year.
The decrease in album sales becomes only 9.2 percent when digital singles are bundled together and counted as albums.
Television continues to sell music. Former American Idol finalist Chris Daughtry's album "Daughtry" has proved to be the most popular this year, selling 1.7 million copies so far. A song from that album, "It's Not Over," is the sixth most popular digital track.