The International Federation of Phonographic Industries (IFPI) has released data announcing that music downloads from licensed providers (that sounds better than legal downloads, doesn't it?) has trippled in 2005. According to the site:
Single track downloads in the US, the UK, Germany and France have risen to 180 million in the first half of 2005 compared to 157 million for the whole of 2004. This is more than three times the 57 million downloads of the first half of 2004.This is good news for the industry as a whole, and serves to ensure that the music industry will not disappear. However, I find it telling that the IFPI feels the need to add to their press release some of their usual rants against "illegal" music downloads. When will they learn that the market has moved on?