Nielsen reports that 630m tracks were bought in the US in the first six months of this year with no growth from the same period a year ago. The market grew 13% in 2009 and 28% in 2008 according to the figures.
The Financial Times quotes Nielsen Music MD Jean Littolff as saying, "It's been quite sudden. It's certainly not the fact that we have lost digital stores or that consumers have fewer places to buy music. It's more that we've reached saturation point [...] Once people have their iPod filled up with songs, they're not going to start buying lots and lots more."