Music downloads smash records

Online music downloads in the last week of 2007 were more than double that of the same period in 2006, according to recent figures.

Music downloads smash records

Online music sales reached 2.9 million tracks in the last week of 2007, the largest one-week sales tally recorded to date in Britain, the Official Charts Company reveals.

The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) which represents the British recorded music business, says total music download sales for the year topped 77 million, a 50% increase on 2006.

According to the BPI last week’s figures were likely boosted by consumers going online after receiving digital music players and music vouchers for Christmas.

In other good news for the industry, eMusic, a retailer of online music from independent labels, claims downloads of digital music and audiobooks have smashed its expectations, reaching an all-time peak on Christmas Day with nearly half a million downloads.

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