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Recorded-music revenues - Bar chart

Sales of cassettes and CDs already far outstripped those (replace sales) of 12-inch glossy black platters (replace vinyl).

In the 1990s vinyl (an item as a subject) almost vanished (better description than use reach the bottom, reduce to the lowest level etc) altogether.

In 2005 a mere $14m-worth of records (this is an excellent subject number plus a noun) were sold ('records were sold' suits subject-verb agreement) in America.

In the first half of this year, the RIAA says, sales reached $224m, up by 13% year on year (a great description of figure increase).

In 2019 as a whole (useful expression of a whole year) they should reach $500m and exceed those (replace sales) of CDs for the first time since 1986.

Vinyl (an item as a subject) still accounts for (only used if a subject is an item) only 4% of the market for recorded music.

Sales of CDs have been declining (an pretty useful tense and aspect) fast.

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