Report Sees Slump In Recorded, Blank Media

Staff On Apr 1 2002 - 8:00am

The market for worldwide recorded and recordable media will slump from 2001 to 2006, according to a report from Cambridge Associates.

Dick Kelly, Cambridge Associates president, outlined for the first time the worldwide market for all recording media from 1996 to 2006, at the 32nd Annual Recording Media Forum run by the International Recording Media Association (IRMA), here.

In his presentation Kelly reported the market for recorded media in units duplicated/replicated and factory revenue, and for recordable media, both in units and factory revenue. (Kelly stressed that "factory revenue" is not retail sales or shipments of recorded media to retailers. It is defined as what duplicators and replicators charge content providers for their services, minus jewel cases.)

Among the highlights of his report:

  • Total worldwide recorded media unit and dollar sales will slump from 2001 totals to 2006.

  • Total worldwide recordable media, or blank media, will drop in units from 2001 to 2006 from about 8.8 billion to 7 billion.

  • Not surprisingly magnetic recordable media sales worldwide will fall from about 3.9 billion units in 2001 to 1.9 billion in 2006.

  • Flash memory will take on a major role in the recordable media market. Sales in 2006 will be 480 million units, up from 80 million in 2001, while dollar sales will be $5.28 billion in 2005 versus $2.88 billion in 2006.

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