UK music lovers double downloads in 2006
When it comes to downloading music singles, 2006 was a good year for the UK with paid-for sales doubling.
According to reported figures from the Official UK Charts Company (OCC), which supplies the stats for the UK music charts, 51.6 million downloads were purchased in 2006. This was up from the 26.6 million on 2005.
This increase in download activity has seen online sales play a major part in chart action, accounting for 79 per cent of sales states the OCC.
The prime mover behind the download action is Apple’s iTunes. Figures released by OCC in September suggested that Apple’s iTunes Music Store accounted for an 80 per cent share of the UK downloads market.
More changes are afoot for the singles market, from the start of this year, in that any downloads – whether new or old, or single or album tracks – will be eligible for the OCC singles chart, whether a physical version of the recording has been officially released or not.