Streaming in Germany grew by over 40 percent in 2018 with a record 79.5 billion streams, according to year-end figures from the German Music Association (BVMI). In line with consumption trends elsewhere, the number of CDs sold in the country fell to 48.2 million, a 23 percent drop compared to 2017, while vinyl sales totaled 3 million, a surprising 7 percent drop.
"Looking at the sales in the past year, we see a continued strong growth in the area of streaming," said Dr. Florian Drücke, CEO of the BVMI, who added that the physical music videos (DVD/Blu-Ray) also made the top 5 in terms of music formats, with 2.6 million units sold.
BVMI noted that premium subscribers of digital services accounted for 86 percent of all audio streams. Despite the downward trends, the industry believes a strong market remains for physical products in the country, the third biggest music market globally, after the U.S. and Japan, where CD sales also remain strong.