6 percent of music sales now digital

The IFPI, an organization that focuses on fighting music piracy and promoting fair market access and adequate copyright laws, released data that shows that the digital music market now represents about 6 percent of total record industry sales (about $790 million USD). This includes sales from a-la-carte download stores, music subscription stores and from mobile music services such as downloads and ringtunes. This increase is attributed to increased use of broadband, 3G phones and portable music players. The top five markets are the US, Japan, UK, Germany and France.

Meanwhile, music sales in physical formats fell 1.9 percent to a retail value of $13.2 billion USD in the first half of 2005, although some markets such as Canada actually showed increased physical sales.

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