Music sales dip as CDs fade out

SALES of compact disc albums have continued to slide as digital downloads grow in popularity.

Figures from BPI, the music industry’s trade body, showed that digital music accounted for almost 30 per cent of UK album sales in the third quarter, up from 20.1 per cent at the same time last year.

Compact disc sales dropped 20.5 per cent from 19.6m to 15.6m.

Overall, sales of CDs, digital and vinyl slumped 11.4 per cent to 21.8m, compared to 24.6m for the same period last year.