Nielsen SoundScan released data today on the past years music purchase information. Not surprising: rap and hip hop ringtones held seven of the top ten spots on the realtones chart and six out of ten spots on the polyphonic chart. Surprising? The Super Mario Bros. theme was number one on the polyphonic chart, and by a good margin.
The digital track sales chart was something different altogether though: country superstars Rascal Flatts were the most downloaded artist based on track sales, and the alternative-punk genre dominated barely with four of the top ten slots.
The bottom line is this: realtone purchases are made by the young and devoid of taste, digital music is purchased by lots of people devoid of taste.