Music fans opting for CDs, vinyl and cassettes over MP3s – even if they never actually play them

Vinyl records are a growing part of the music industry, with one in ten having bought an LP over the last month

Matthew Sparkes writes: Music fans still prefer to buy CDs, vinyl records and cassettes than MP3 downloads, even though many are left in their wrapper and never actually listened to.

Online digital sales have cornered a large part of the music industry, with 22 per cent of people buying from Amazon in the last month and 11 per cent from Apple’s iTunes store.

But CDs remain dominant, according to a poll, with 57 per cent of people having bought a physical album during the last year. That figure for MP3 downloads was just 39 per cent.

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