According to a report in Digital Music News, British paid downloads have reached the 1-million-per-week mark. Thirteen million tracks were downloaded in the second quarter compared to 5.6 million during the same period last year, and 2006 should end with more than 50 million tracks sold.
The report, basing its figures on U.K. industry group BPI, goes on to say: "In terms of the British singles market, digital formats are now commanding most of the action. Just two years ago, the percentage was negligible, though paid downloads now represent more than three-quarters of all singles purchases."
In the U.S, 281 million tracks were downloaded in the first half of 2006, which represents a 77 percent increase over the same period in 2005.
Source: Digital Music News