CD sales have seen a significant year-on-year drop in the first three months of 2012, according to figures from the BPI and the Official Charts Company.Sales fell 25% from 20.5 million in the first three months of 2011, to 15.3 million this year.
Digital sales continue to rise with almost a third of all albums now being bought digitally.
The organisation represents stores like HMV and online sites such as Amazon.
One idea being suggested is a system whereby the music transfers automatically to your MP3 player, tablet or computer as soon as the CD is scanned at the till.
The latest figures come from the BPI, which represents the music industry, and the Official Charts Company.
They show that digital now accounts for 33.1% of all UK albums sales, up from 23.6% in the first three months of 2011.
Singles are doing well too with 46.7 million being sold this year so far, an increase of 4.4% on last year.
Adele’s album remains the year’s best selling album this year with sales of 21 now exceeding four million in the UK.