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Subject: Media sales statistics
Category: Business and Money
Asked by: eliahu-ga
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Posted: 28 Aug 2005 05:06 PDT
Expires: 27 Sep 2005 05:06 PDT
Question ID: 561363
What are the recent US and world yearly media sales volumes, by
following categories: music, video & DVD, computer games, books &

Request for Question Clarification by muhammad-ga on 28 Aug 2005 11:24 PDT

I have been able to find the following. 


Volume Sales of Daily & Sunday Newspapers in U.S.

Total Daily circulation


United States (2003  Stats)

Daily Worldwide  volume


United States Volume Sales

2004 Worldwide

2003 USA
DVD Video titles 

Please let me know if this will be sufficient, so that I can post that
as answer. The comprehensive information Media sales volumes is
available in "Global Entertainment & Media Outlook 2005-2009" by
PriceWaterHouseCoopers ( US $995.00. (individual Chapters
cost $95). There is also a comprehensive research report done on this
by Plunkette Research titled "Plunkett's Entertainment & Media
Industry Almanac" (

A study about this was also conducted by University of Berkley, but
that is somwwhat old (2003).

Looking forward to your reply.

You may also read some facts about volume sales at:

"How Much Information 2003"

A question about books' sales has been answered by my fellow
researcher neoportal-ga in a question "Amount of books in the USA and
in the world?". Read about it at


Clarification of Question by eliahu-ga on 28 Aug 2005 12:33 PDT
The figure I'm looking for, really, is approximate total media sales -
it would be better divided by media type, but I'd happily settle for a
reasonably well-based world yearly US & world total media sales in $.
Do you think this number can be produced from the data you've

Thanks for all the info and helpful links. I will be happy to clarify
the question more as necessary.
Subject: Re: Media sales statistics
Answered By: muhammad-ga on 28 Aug 2005 14:34 PDT
Total Number of Daily and Sunday Newspapers, U.S.	

Plunkett Research Estimate


Nationally, more than 54 million newspapers are sold daily, with an
average of 2.3 readers per copy. On Sunday more than 58 million
newspapers are sold with an average of 2.4 readers per copy.


"Today more than 60,000 newspapers are published around the globe,
including 8000 dailies, with a combined circulation of 500 million and
are read by an estimated 1.5 billion people."


World 2003: "World. We calculate that the total world flow of book copies was
approximately 4.0 billion books..."

United States. About 1.62 billion books were purchased in the United States in 2001


"The global music market was worth $US32 billion* (28.5 billion Euros)
with total unit sales (including music video) of 2.7 billion..."

Internet based Sales: "US-based services achieved downloads of 19.2
million in the second half of 2003..."

United States
814.1 million total units shipped in 2004

Including other formats in addition to CDs, the number of overall
units shipped to retail increased by 4.4 percent, representing a 3.3
percent increase in retail value compared to 2003. Counting all
formats and all distribution channels, both retail and special markets
distribution channels (music clubs and mail order), overall shipments
increased by 2 percent in 2004, which represented a 2.5 percent
increase in value. The increase is based on 814.1 million total units
shipped in 2004, compared to 798.4 million in 2003.

2004 Worldwide.

"In 2004 alone, consumers spent more than $7.3 billion on 235 million
computer games, according to the Entertainment Software Association

2003 USA
Over 27,000 DVD-Video titles available in the U.S.

The home entertainment industry enjoyed another record quarter
shipping 231.7 million DVD titles to retail in the first three months
of 2003, a 93 percent increase over shipments in the first quarter of
last year. According to figures compiled by Ernst & Young on behalf of
the DVD Entertainment Group, the total number of units shipped in
North America has reached nearly 1.6 billion since launch.

A report from RIAA lists the 2004 year end stats:
Total Units Shipped (includes CDs, DVD Audio, DVD Video, Music Video)
is 814.1 million.

For a detailed breakdown by media from 1994 to 2004 please see

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