Total sales of albums were down by 15 percent for both digital and CDs, with CDs alone falling 19.3 percent to 205.7 million units. Meanwhile, digital album sales jumped about 60 percent to 23.5 million units.
The recorded music industry is struggling in the early stages of a transition to digital formats, such as MP3, from the dominant CD format. CD sales are.
Digital music sales are currently dominated by, which by some estimates has more than 70 percent of the market.
The largest music company, Universal Music Group, owned by French media giant Vivendi, had the biggest share--about 27 percent--of digital sales, and nearly 31.6 percent of the total market share.
Warner Music Group, the fourth largest music company globally, had the second-largest share of U.S. digital album sales with 23 percent.
Warner had 20 percent share of music sales overall, placing it third after Sony BMG Entertainment, at 25.2 percent, andat 10.3 percent.
The biggest selling albums in the first half of the year were Daughtry's self-titled work with 1.7 million units, Norah Jones' Not Too Late at 1.4 million units and Akon's Konvicted at 1.3 million.