Brothers in Arms CD beat the Vinyl


I heard on the radio today that Dire Strait’s Brothers in Arms was the first CD to outsell its vinyl counterpart. I wonder if any digital albums have outsold their CD counterparts yet? That may be harder to determine, since digital music (with some exceptions) is available in single song chunks too. A report on music sales summarized at ReadWriteWeb indicates that overall digital music sales is still behind physical sales, but digital will overtake physical music sales in 2012.

What about e-books outselling their print counterpart? Apparently Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol sold more Kindle copies than hard copies; but I wonder if that held up once the paperback version was available?

2 Responses to “Brothers in Arms CD beat the Vinyl”


  1. 1 Mike O. March 20, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    I think it’s safe to give some credit to The West Wing for boosting its sales a few years back. It was an incredibly poignant use of “Brothers in Arms.”

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    • 2 Chris March 20, 2010 at 11:06 pm

      Agreed. It was an awesome use of the song, although I have ambivalent feelings about the whole scene. Everything about the scene (including the song) serves to marginalize CJ, which I hated. To be fair, it may have been on purpose, to foreshadow some of what happens with/to CJ in season 3; but I love CJ so much that I hated to see her left out in that awesome scene.

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