The top 50 CD sellers nationwide sold discs for an average price of $13.36, a drop of 3.1 percent versus a year ago, said a survey released Thursday by the NPD Group. Meanwhile, catalog CDs--comprised of titles that are 18-months-old or more--dropped below the $13 threshold to $12.99.
NPD President Russ Crupnick attributed the decline in part to a changing market due to the file-sharing boom. In addition, competition for entertainment dollars has become tougher for the recording industry in an environment that saw DVDs and video games growing at double-digit rates, he said.
Universal Music Groupbetween the first quarter of 2003 and the first quarter of 2004. However, a study by Harvard University researchers who tracked music downloads said .
NPD Group earlier had said thatwere buying up to 80 percent more CDs than those who did not subscribe.