Digital music sales worldwide almost doubled in 2006. Around 10% of all sales were digital, worth over 1.5 billion euros to the music industry. But the increase still did not match the fall in purchases of compact discs. Releasing the figures, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry said it expects digital sales to account for a quarter of all sales worldwide by 2010.
According to their report, consumers last year downloaded 795 million tracks legally from almost 500 internet music services in 40 countries. The number of tracks available online doubled to reach over four million on leading services. The trade organisation said sales of CDs fell 23% between 2000 and 2006 and all music sales were down 4% in the first half of last year.