UK music industry has enough reasons to thank broadband ISPs for the achievement
A recent post on ispreview.co.uk lists the number of legal digital music downloads over broadband internet connections in the UK as announced by The British Phonographic Industry (BPI), a protector of the interests of UK’s copyright owners. According to BPI, legal downloads have passed the 500 Million milestone.
Here we are faced with a contradiction – while record labels and the government claim illegal file sharing has hurt and is hurting legitimate music services, the BPI admits that actually over the past six years legal music downloads have seen a constant increase adding that “Booming sales of downloads mean singles sales are now at an all-time high”.
On one hand we have The Minister for Communications, Ed Vaizey, with a dramatic comment earlier this week -“Protecting our valuable creative industries, which have already suffered significant losses as a result of people sharing digital content without paying for it, is at the heart of these measures”; on the other hand we have BPI Chief Executive, Geoff Taylor, stating – “This milestone underlines how artists, labels and retailers in the UK have worked together to make Britain one of the world’s most vibrant digital music markets. There are nearly 70 legal music services, more than any other country, and consumers continue to embrace the choice, value and innovation on offer. 500 million downloads is an astonishing achievement especially given the ongoing backdrop of widespread illegal downloading the music industry still faces.”
2010 102.30m (to August)
2010 170m (estimated year end)