Record PC Games Sales in 2011
"Per the press release put out today by the organization, PC game sales have risen globally by 15% year-over-year in 2011, reaching a record $18.6 billion. Also noted is the continued growth of the PC games market in China, whose year-over-year growth hit 27%, or $6 billion. "
"The Alliance has high hopes for the PC business in the future. The belief is that "growing access to broadband connections and the increasing ease of digital distribution delivery solutions and payment" will elevate growth to 37%, or $25.5 billion by 2015."
Music sales stage comeback; CD buyers up for second year
“After years of losing buyers, caused by many consumers who simply stopped buying music, the total number of CD buyers increased for the second consecutive year, growing 2% to 78 million [in 2011],” the company said."
"Total music-track sales rose 4% last year, the first gain in many years. Paid download buyers increased 14% in 2011, to 45 million customers. "
"One other thing has clearly helped the music industry claw its way back to growth – a decline in piracy. The NPD report also noted a decline in unpaid music acquisition, such as P2P file sharing and trading music on hard drives. NPD estimates that 13% of Internet users downloaded music from a P2P site in 2011, down from a peak of 19% in 2006. In addition to giving customers more legitimate sources to find music, the industry has worked hard to crack down on file sharing sites."
the industry will tout their laughable anti-piracy measures but to me theres clearly a connection between 'more legitimate sources to find music' and the decline in piracy.
i'd be interested in seeing if drm free pubs like baen have also seen an increase.