More and more British music gear is getting a new look as the UK’s record labels and distributors begin to move into the country.
The move is all part of a new era where music labels are starting to open up their stores to the public, making it easier for consumers to find the best deals on equipment they can buy online.
Nowhere is this change more apparent than in the UK.
A new study from the UK Music Industry Association (UKMA) found that more than half of the UK market is now dominated by online retailers.
In the UK, the average sales price of digital music equipment is now £5,000 ($6,900).
UKMA director of music policy and regulation, Steve Loughton, said:The new online sales model has been welcomed by the music industry.
“We’re seeing that music sales are in decline, and there is a real need for retailers to offer music as easily as possible,” Loughtonsaid.
“That means that people are looking for the best value for money.”
Digital music sales in the US and the UK have declined by nearly 20% each year since 2010, according to the Recording Industry Association of America.
In comparison, sales of physical music equipment in the United States have been flat since 2011, according a study published in May by The Recording Industry Assn.
But the UK industry still has plenty of options to offer the public.
Loughston said:”The digital revolution is about taking people out of the physical world and bringing them into the digital world.
The internet has changed the music business forever.”
Loughton noted that UK music industry leaders such as the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal College of Music and the Royal Chamber of Music have also been working to open new music stores in the country, and that this was helping the industry.
He said:We’re just starting to see the first signs of a real trend towards more digital music outlets opening.
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Now that music retailers are opening up, it’s opening up for music industry customers too.”
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