Recorded music and music subscriptions priced at $20 in 2004 $14.59 in 2022

Recorded Music And Music Subscriptions Inflation Calculator

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Prices for Recorded Music And Music Subscriptions, 2004-2022 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for recorded music and music subscriptions are 27.06% lower in 2022 versus 2004 (a $5.41 difference in value).

Between 2004 and 2022: Recorded music and music subscriptions experienced an average inflation rate of -1.74% per year. In other words, recorded music and music subscriptions costing $20 in the year 2004 would cost $14.59 in 2022 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.44% during this same period, inflation for recorded music and music subscriptions was significantly lower.

In the year 2004: Pricing changed by 0.33%, which is above the average yearly change for recorded music and music subscriptions during the 2004-2022 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2004 (2.68%), inflation for recorded music and music subscriptions was 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 2004

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Recorded music and music subscriptions, over time, for $20 beginning in 2004. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate
2004$20.000.33%
2005$20.200.98%
2006$19.80-1.93%
2007$19.41-1.97%
2008$19.05-1.87%
2009$18.20-4.46%
2010$17.33-4.81%
2011$16.88-2.55%
2012$16.35-3.17%
2013$16.420.46%
2014$16.440.10%
2015$16.09-2.11%
2016$15.75-2.11%
2017$16.243.08%
2018$15.77-2.85%
2019$15.14-4.05%
2020$14.69-2.97%
2021$14.62-0.46%
2022$14.59-0.22%*

* 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:

Year19971998199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019202020212022
CPI100.00099.762101.254102.131106.600105.654108.300108.662109.723107.600105.475103.50298.88594.12891.72888.81889.22589.31687.42785.58688.22485.70682.23379.79379.42979.257

Adjust recorded music and music subscriptions prices for inflation

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2022 / CPI in 2004 * 2004 USD value = 2022 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Recorded music and music subscriptions was 108.662 in the year 2004 and 79.257 in 2022:

79.257 / 108.662 * $20 = $14.59

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 2004 has the same "purchasing power" as $14.59 in 2022 (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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