Britain Races Past 500 Million Mark for Digital Music Downloads

Paul Lilly

According to numbers compiled by the blokes over at the Official Charts Company (OCC), Britain went and passed the 500 millionth digital download mark, and these are of the legal variety.

"There are nearly 70 legal music services, more than any other country, and consumers continue to embrace the choice, value, and innovation on offer," said Geoff Taylor, chief executive of music industry body BPI.

"Five hundred million downloads is an astonishing achievement especially given the ongoing backdrop of widespread illegal downloading the music industry still faces."

By the end of August, the OCC had recorded 102 million legal downloads, and is on pace to record 170 million by the end of 2010. That would surpass 2009's 150 million downloads and 2008's 110 million.

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