Vinyl & CD Sales Up, Digital Downloads Down In 2021 The latest trends in music sales? Vinyl and CDs are up, while digital downloads are trending down. According to the RIAA’s year-end report, Vinyl officially became a billion-dollar industry in 2021, topping $1.037 billion in revenues. CDs also had a strong year, up $100 million from 2020. Not doing so well? Digital downloads, which sank by roughly $80 million. Of course, streaming is still king – streaming apps generated nearly $12.5 billion in 2021. How do you listen to music – do you buy physical albums, or rely on streaming apps?