So what about the rest? Nearly half (49 percent) felt that free downloading was perfectly acceptable, which probably means a much larger percentage actually felt that way. In the end, the once-stable British album is now starting to crash, just like the US so many years ago.
Here's the year-by-year change over the past few years, for combined physical and digital albums.
The current story in the US seems more tame, though deeply-discounted catalog albums are providing some CPR. Our recent projection found the format finally kicking the bucket in 2022, using conservative decline estimates.