Recorded music and music subscriptions priced at $20 in 1997 $16.53 in 2024

Recorded Music And Music Subscriptions Inflation Calculator

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Prices for Recorded Music And Music Subscriptions, 1997-2024 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for recorded music and music subscriptions are 17.35% lower in 2024 versus 1997 (a $3.47 difference in value).

Between 1997 and 2024: Recorded music and music subscriptions experienced an average inflation rate of -0.70% per year. In other words, recorded music and music subscriptions costing $20 in the year 1997 would cost $16.53 in 2024 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.45% during this same period, inflation for recorded music and music subscriptions was significantly lower.

Price Inflation for Recorded music and music subscriptions since 1997

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 2010 (-4.81%), 2009 (-4.46%), and 2001 (4.38%).

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Buying power of $20.00 since 1997

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Recorded music and music subscriptions, over time, for $20 beginning in 1997. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate
1997$20.00-
1998$19.95-0.24%
1999$20.251.50%
2000$20.430.87%
2001$21.324.38%
2002$21.13-0.89%
2003$21.662.50%
2004$21.730.33%
2005$21.940.98%
2006$21.52-1.93%
2007$21.10-1.97%
2008$20.70-1.87%
2009$19.78-4.46%
2010$18.83-4.81%
2011$18.35-2.55%
2012$17.76-3.17%
2013$17.840.46%
2014$17.860.10%
2015$17.49-2.11%
2016$17.12-2.11%
2017$17.643.08%
2018$17.14-2.85%
2019$16.45-4.05%
2020$15.96-2.97%
2021$15.89-0.46%
2022$15.900.11%
2023$16.503.72%
2024$16.530.21%*

* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.
** Extended periods of 0% inflation usually indicate incomplete underlying data. This can manifest as a sharp increase in inflation later on.


Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Recorded music and music subscriptions:

Year1997199819992000200120022003200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018201920202021202220232024
CPI100.00099.762101.254102.131106.600105.654108.300108.662109.723107.600105.475103.50298.88594.12891.72888.81889.22589.31687.42785.58688.22485.70682.23379.79379.42979.51882.47682.652

Adjust recorded music and music subscriptions prices for inflation

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2024 / CPI in 1997 * 1997 USD value = 2024 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Recorded music and music subscriptions was 100.000 in the year 1997 and 82.652 in 2024:

82.652 / 100.000 * $20 = $16.53

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1997 has the same "purchasing power" as $16.53 in 2024 (in the CPI category of Recorded music and music subscriptions).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Recorded music and music subscriptions in 1997. In addition to recorded music and music subscriptions, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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