According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for recorded music and music subscriptions were 10.74% lower in 2021 versus 2012 (a $2.15 difference in value).
Between 2012 and 2021: Recorded music and music subscriptions experienced an average inflation rate of -1.25% per year. In other words, recorded music and music subscriptions costing $20 in the year 2012 would cost $17.85 in 2021 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 1.73% during this same period, inflation for recorded music and music subscriptions was lower.
In the year 2012: Pricing changed by -3.17%, which is below the average yearly change for recorded music and music subscriptions during the 2012-2021 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2012 (2.07%), inflation for recorded music and music subscriptions was much lower.
Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Recorded music and music subscriptions:
Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Recorded music and music subscriptions, over time, for $20 beginning in 2012. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:
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