So I ask again what industry stops counting or better yet denying the existence of it's largest element when in plain sight the proliferation of it is easily demonstrated and without even looking at the stores listed above.
"There are how many Starbucks? In the USA there are 11,457 and guess what they all carry music for sales and there aren't any free download cards. How about Public Libraries 120,096 and most of them carry music too. So there's clearly a problem in what is being posted on blogs verses what is happening in the market place."
"Everybody knows the music industry has undergone monumental change in the past 30 years. How much change? This handy GIF from Digital Music News"
However the problem is that physical music specifically CD's is the majority of the music sold ... Some people believe that they are larger since not every store let alone few venues report to Soundscan.
Now try as I might, I won't stop people from posting that physical specifically the CDs are dead, However with the help of Neilson mid year report we know that 121,000,000 total Album sold w/ 54,000,000 being Digital and Vinyl accounting for 4,000,000 or .033 So using math we can deduce that CDs to be 52% of sales and the GIF on the site is just not showing it.
PS as you can see by this weeks sales it's even more.