Music downloads reach the 2 million mark in the UK

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According to the figures from the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), over 2 million songs have been downloaded since 1st January. This hasn’t had quite the fatal effect on the UK music market that people were predicting, since actual single and album sales have grown in the past year.

By May, only 0.5 million tracks were downloaded legally, but in three months that number leapt to 2 million. This is partly due to the recent UK launches of Napster and ITMS.

In the real world, album sales were up 3.7 percent, while the singles market saw its first increase in five years. So all the hysterics in the music industry will have to come up with a better excuse when their latest pop sensation fails to sensate.

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