Film and music downloads have finally hit the £1 billion mark as the Entertainment Retailers Association show that British shoppers splurging on digital albums, movies and games is increasing in number.
Entertainment lovers spent £1.033 billion this year with gaming downloads being the result of nearly half all digital sales at £552.2 million. Sales of CDs and DVDs have plummeted by 17.6% from 2011 though, surprisingly, they still add up to three quarters of all entertainment sales according to ERA director general Kim Bayley. 'Breaching the £1 billion barrier is an incredible achievement for the UK's digital entertainment retailers and reflects their huge investment in new and innovative services which means you can buy music, video and games literally at any time of the day and wherever you are', they said. 'At the same time I suspect many people will be surprised to learn just how resilient the physical business still is - with three quarters of entertainment sales still on disc.'
It was added that although people prefer downloading music etc. for the sake of 'convenience and portability', many enjoy the 'quality and tangibility' of having discs. After all, although sales of the physical products do seem to be falling every year, there will always be those with prized CD/DVD collections just as there is still a substantial following of vinyl record collectors.