Growth in High Resolution Audio: 2012 - 2014
FindHDmusic is a search engine for finding legal high resolution music downloads and lists albums from
29 different high resolution audio vendors. The number of albums listed by FindHDmusic can be considered a proxy for the for the availablity of hi-res music in general - both in the number of titles available and the number of stores from which the content can be purchased.
As can be seen in the charts on this page, there has been substantial growth in the number of hi-res
albums listed by FindHDmusic and this growth has been most pronounced in the last six months. The
increase in the size of the FindHDmusic database may (or may not) give us a clue as to the future growth in hi-res audio. The data shows that there may have been a major inflection point in late 2013 which could be a sign that hi-res is becoming more 'mainstream'.
By the end of January 2012, FindHDmusic listed approximately 4500 albums from 15 hi-res music sites. By April 2014 that had grown to more than 25000 albums from 29 different sites.
(Note. The numbers in this article refer to the sum of album downloads available from each hi-res store. So for example, if an particular title is available at six different stores, it will count as six albums).
The chart below shows the total number of albums listed by FindHDmusic between January 20, 2012 and April 30, 2014.
The following chart shows the increase in the number of albums in each quarterly period (ie 3 month
period) from March 2012 to March 2014.
Both figures show an upward trend in the absolute number of albums available and also in the rate of growth of the number of albums. The huge increase from late 2013 is evident in both charts (this is partially due to the fact that a number of sites were added to FindHDmusic during this period - though these extra albums have been removed from the data used to construct the second chart).
So what is the future for high resolution music downloads? Will the trend of exponential growth continue (as shown by the trend line in the first chart)? If PonoMusic is a success and the rumours of iTunes selling hi-res come true, then the exponential growth in high quality music downloads may continue for some time.