Despite the implementation of several measures meant to spur CD sales, music sales in Argentina dipped for the second consecutive year, with 13.6 million units sold in 2009 compared to 16 million sold in 2008, a 14.9% drop.

Conversely, sales of digital formats, including online and mobile, continued to grow as part of the overall market. According to Argentina's Chamber of Record Producers, CAPIF, mobile and digital revenues accounted for 7% of the total music market, up from 4% the year before. However, CAPIF declined to give exact sales figures for digital or mobile downloads.

The numbers show a slowly shifting Argentine musical landscape. Although CD sales continue to be, by far, the dominant format in the market, accounting for 89% of the marketplace, digital formats are slowly gaining traction. Within those formats, however, digital album downloads are minuscule part of the pie.

Mobile downloads account for 66% of all digital sales, while INterent sales are only 13% of the digital total.

Argentina's top-selling album of the year was "Cantora, Un Viaje Intimo," by Mercedes Sosa, who died last year. It was followed by Ricardo Montaner's "Las Cosas Son Como Son" and, in third place, Michael Jackson's "Number Ones," the only English language album among the top ten selling titles.

In the past several years, the Argentine music market recovered from a calamitous decline following the country's economic crisis of 2001. Defying the world trend, sales grew steadily between 2002 and 2007 but have dipped slightly in the past two years. In turn, CAPIF has put into place several programs to activate sales, among them a "Record store Night" where retailers nationwide sold discounted CDs.