According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for recorded music and music subscriptions are 7.52% lower in 2022 versus 2018 (a $1.50 difference in value).
Between 2018 and 2022: Recorded music and music subscriptions experienced an average inflation rate of -1.94% per year. In other words, recorded music and music subscriptions costing $20 in the year 2018 would cost $18.50 in 2022 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 3.82% during this same period, inflation for recorded music and music subscriptions was significantly lower.
In the year 2018: Pricing changed by -2.85%, which is below the average yearly change for recorded music and music subscriptions during the 2018-2022 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2018 (2.44%), inflation for recorded music and music subscriptions was much lower.
Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Recorded music and music subscriptions, over time, for $20 beginning in 2018. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:
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* 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: