The running narrative in the music world during the past decade is that the physical album is dead, and file-sharing, downloads and, most notably, Apple's iTunes killed it. Yes and no.
There's no questioning that music sales on the whole are cratering faster than the resale value of an American Idol runner-up's follow-up album or the latest Glee soundtrack installment. Overall music sales plummeted from $14.6 billion in 1999 to $6.3 billion a decade later, with Nielsen saying album sales in 2010 fell 13% from the year before.
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