Downloads Up Nearly 200 Percent
“U.S. music downloaders paid for 158 million songs during the first six months of 2005, almost three times the number acquired legally in the first half of 2004.
“However, the figures, from Nielsen SoundScan, reveal that the growth in legal downloads has yet to compensate the music industry for falling CD sales. Sales of albums were down seven per cent year on year, to 282.6m units, said Nielsen.”
Tony Smith. U.S. Legal Music Downloads Up 187%. The Register. July 14, 2005.