The rapid rise in broadband access is fuelling a massive take-off in downloads, something is likely to only accelerate further as ‘traditional’ media cede ground, especially to the Internet. PriceWaterhouse Cooper (PwC) estimate that new revenue streams such as broadband and digital downloads will reach $73bn from $11.4bn over the next five years, according to PwC’s report, Global Entertainment and Media Outlook: 2005-2009.

Digital music services will help counter the effect of illegal downloads and other forms of piracy to power digital music downloads to $56 billion by 2009. The Guardian has more details and the report is available to buy from PwC.