Total revenues in the six months to end of June across physical, digital and sync amounted to $3.166bn, down from the $3.182bn generated in the same period of 2014.
Revenues did grow 0.8% year-on-year on a wholesale basis in H1 2015, up to $2.3bn – suggesting that labels are getting a better return on their goods from retailers than they did a year ago, as streaming takes a bigger share of the market.
The standout stat from the RIAA’s figures is that streaming services generated over $1bn in the six months for the first time in history. (Read in-depth analysis of streaming in the US in H1 – and why it might have caused more concern than celebration – through here.)
However, revenue from permanent digital downloads (including albums, single tracks, videos, and kiosk sales) declined 4% to $1.3bn.
Digital track sales declined by value 9% to $688 million, with sales volume down 12% to 570 million units.
Income from digital albums grew 4% to $572 million, while digital album unit sales were up 5% to 57.5 million.
Digital accounted for 76% of the overall market by value, compared with 71% for 1H 2014 (sync excluded).
Total value of shipments in physical formats was $748 million, down 17% versus 1H 2014.
CDs made up 66% of total physical shipments by value.
Vinyl was up 52% by value for the first half of the year, and accounted for 30% of physical shipments by value.
Synchronization royalties stood at $95 million for the first half of the year, up 4% versus 1H 2014.