The ERA notes that Brits streamed 3.7bn songs in 2012 from services including Spotify, Deezer and Rdio – a figure revealed earlier this year by the BPI. ERA broke down music sales for the year too: £446.9m of music sold in real-world stores (down 13.7% year-on-year); £177.2m of physical music sold by internet retailers (down 17.8%); and £383.3m of digital revenues (up 15.1%). The bigger picture is just as interesting though: 2012 was the first year where combined digital sales of music, games and video topped £1bn in the UK, but that didn’t offset an overall decline across the three markets: down 12% to £4.2bn, with the UK’s 62.3m population spending an average of £9.06 each less on entertainment than in 2011.

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