As far as the music industry can tell, the consumer is taking away with one hand and giving with the other – namely sales. Compilation albums are fading fast but a la carte downloads are steaming forwards. The BPI’s latest figures for 2006 show that we could pass 50 million downloads, or almost 1 million a week for you headline writers out there, for the 12 months of this year.

By the end of July download sales so far should pass the 26.4 million total for the whole of 2005. Singles are driving or being driven by downloads, half of all sales are digital formats. Overall, digital are more than replacing the drop in physical sales, so it’s safe to say we have again passed a significant milestone for digital music.