Is It Still Worth It to Print and Sell Physical CDs?

When was the last time you bought a CD? Many of us have fond memories of growing up with CDs. I can remember rushing to the local record shop after school (or cutting class altogether) to pick up the latest CD from my favorite artists. But the last time I bought a CD at a retail store, Beyoncé and Justin Timberlake were just starting their highly anticipated careers as solo artists. On-demand streaming services have changed the way we consume music. With such easy access to music, there’s no longer a need to buy physical media in order to listen to your favorite artists. If you’re a musician trying to make a living (or even a dime) from your music, you may be wondering: Is it still worth it to sell physical CDs? The short answer is: it depends. What type of music do you make? The type of music you make has a big impact on how likely your fans are to buy CDs. According to Nielsen’s 2017 year-end music report, CDs still make up 51% of total album sales. For some genres — like holiday music, jazz, classical music, Christian/gospel music, and children’s songs, CDs are actually the best-selling format. When it comes to rock and country, CD sales fall just shy of streaming in terms of consumption, while genres likeContinue Reading