Finland has become the latest European country to fall in love with music streaming, Music Business Worldwide reports.
New data from the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry shows a breakdown of where the money in Finland’s music industry comes from.
Overall, Finland’s music industry had a bad year, with income down 14% to €35.9 million.
But streaming sites actually grew in 2014. Music Business Worldwide reports that streaming sites saw a 19.6% rise in industry-wide revenues to €13.8 million, and they now make up 51% of Finland’s recorded music sales.
That rise is a big contrast to other kinds of music sales. Overall physical music sales fell by 33.8% to €17.1 million, and CD sales fell by 28.8% to €2.5 million. Similarly, download sales collapsed too: income there was down 29.2% to €2.02 million. People aren’t buying or downloading music anymore — they’re streaming it instead.
There’s another niche part of the music industry that’s on the rise: Vinyl. IFPI data shows that vinyl unit sales increased 13.6% in Finland, a contrast to the decline in physical music sales.
Finland’s music industry is following the same pattern as Sweden and Norway. Streaming dominates the market there too, accounting for 80% of income from recorded music in Sweden. Norway is also in love with streaming, and piracy in the country has collapsed following the rise of streaming services.
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