Will 2018 be the year the download officially dies?

Will 2018 be the year the download officially dies?

TechRadar speculates about the future of music downloads, streaming and lossless music in 2018. Sergey Bludov, SVP of Media & Entertainment at DataArt, comments on the state of the market and whether Hi-Res will become a next stage of the audio evolution.

"Virtually every aspect of the music industry has undergone a profound transformation over the past 20 years, and one of the most significant changes occurred in the distribution of music, shifting from physical mediums to a digital-first reality," says Sergey Bludov, SVP Media and Entertainment at DataArt."Just five years ago, downloads accounted for 70% of global digital music revenues while streaming was only responsible for 18% – and now that ratio is reversed".

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