The International Federation for the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), says 180 million legal downloads were made in the first half of the year in the key markets of the U.S., the U.K., Germany and France, up from 57 million in the same period in 2004.
The half-year figure outstrips the total for the whole of 2004 in those countries, the IFPI says.
It attributed the growth in legitimate online music downloads to the surge in broadband usage by consumers, and said the industry’s policy of prosecuting file-sharers is deterring illegal music downloading.
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