/// No One Buys Music on the Web Anymore. Except When They Buy a Million Beyonce Albums in Five Days.
Sales of music downloads, which were supposed to rescue the music business from the decline of the CD, have been flattening for a few years. Then things got worse: This year, digital sales were down 4 percent through Thanksgiving. Lots of people assume that download sales are slumping because more people are listening to streaming services like Pandora and Spotify, but it’s hard to prove that thesis out. As Billboard notes, there are a lot of reasons for sales to slump. And then it turns out that people will still buy digital downloads, in record numbers. Sometimes
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