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Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Digital music enjoys a dream week

A report states that legal downloads exceeded targets in the end of last year and now everybody is happy.

"Before the week ending January 1, 2006, the record for the most downloads sold in seven days was 9.5 million tracks -- set just one week earlier.

- Sales of 20 million songs were almost three times the amount of digital tracks sold in the same seven-day span a year ago.

- Fifteen songs on the current Hot Digital Songs chart surpassed the one-week record for sales of a single track.

- Rap group D4L's "Laffy Taffy" took the top spot with 175,000 tracks sold, more than doubling the mark of 80,500 downloads Kanye West's "Gold Digger" set the week of September 17.

- Each of the top 11 titles on the Hot Digital Songs chart sold more than 100,000 downloads.

For the year, the digital track sales tally reached 352 million -- a 147% increase over 2004's total of 142.6 million."

Wonderful - but hey - there were plenty of MP3 players sold in those weeks before Christmas, nicely packed as presents and give by Santa Claus. Now, what do you think those people do? They go onto the web and start downloading from websites offering legal downloads.

Does this make the pee-to-peer group websites go away? Not likely and while those legal numbers grow, it will take a long, long time to overtake the number of downloads from the so-called illegal ones - currently estimated at 250 million per week.

(By Asia Business Consulting)