Report: legal music downloads triple in first half of 2005 thanks to Apple’s iTunes Music Store

“While U.S. album sales are off 7 percent year-to-date, songs sold over the Web through paid downloads have tripled in the first half of the year, music tracker Nielsen SoundScan said on Tuesday,” Reuters reports. “Internet users in the U.S. downloaded 158 million individual songs from services like Apple Computer Inc.’s iTunes during the first half of the year, compared with 55 million in the year-ago period, SoundScan said.”

Reuters reports, “Single-song downloads now represent 6 percent of overall music sales, compared with less than 2 percent a year ago, according to the data.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Note: On January 24, 2005, Apple announced that music fans had purchased and downloaded more than 250 million songs from the iTunes Music Store (iTMS). Thanks to Apple’s convenient iTMS download ticker, Apple has currently sold over 493 million songs. That makes 243 million right there for Apple, Jan 24 – July 13, so the vast majority of Nielsen SoundScan’s first half 2005 total of 158 million were obviously sold by Apple’s market-dominating iTMS.


  1. That is without most of the world’s countries on-board. Australia is still waiting for the rumoured iTunes Music Store. It’s not like we don’t have broadband or that we don’t like music here. Half a billion music downloads is a figure that could have been reached sooner had Apple expanded to more countries sooner.

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  3. Japan is still waiting too. Usually things are priced more expensively over here but I hope that Apple can keep close to the 99 cent mark (approx 110 to 120 yen).

  4. In semi-unrelated news:

    Sheryl Crow has supposedly signed an endorsement deal with Dell.

    Wasn’t she in the early promo spots for GarageBand?

    Oh well, I guess that’s what going out with a bicyclist can do to you.

  5. Then there are still some countries in south america that still dont have a version of the ITMS, and sales here are not that hot, but piracy is, and ITMS has prooven to be a good way to fight piracy.

    So how about an ITMS Lattin America.

    mw= away

    where is napster anAWAY?

  6. “Sheryl Crow has supposedly signed an endorsement deal with Dell.
    Wasn’t she in the early promo spots for GarageBand?
    Oh well, I guess that’s what going out with a bicyclist can do to you.”

    She obviously got thrown over the handlebars and landed on her head.
    Have fun Cheryl trying to run Windows Media Platform Basement Music Band Music Content Creator on your Dell. That next album should sound amazing.

  7. It’s not that’s he’s a cyclist, it’s that he’s a Texan. In Texas a 2 seater is a truck, not a sports car. They also think Dells are real computers.

  8. Last week, MDN showed all the song totals that Apple has announced over time, and from that, I did a statistical projection — so assuming they keep growing at their historical rates, the approximate sales will be:
    Jan 2006 – 900 million songs sold
    Jan 2007 – 2.2 billion songs sold
    Jan 2008 – 4.7 billion songs sold

    In the first half of this year (Jan-Jun), Apple sold approximately 200 million songs. I don’t know how many were in the U.S. (half?), but if we assume the fraction will remain the same, that Apple retains approximately 80% of digital download sales, and that digital downloads were 6% of the music market the first half of this year, this means that Apple will have this share of the overall music market:
    2005 – 8%
    2006 – 16%
    2007 – 30%

    * This projection is based on a cubic polynomial regression. I wouldn’t call it the most logical model for this, but it provided a much better fit for the data than others.
    * With such rapid growth, projections are highly sensitive to minor changes in growth rate.
    * Apple’s growth up to now has been fed by activities that they will need to continue to feed future growth: iPod updates and new models, iTunes updates, promotions, partnerships, and new countries. In particular, the assumption that the U.S. percentage of their sales doesn’t shrink is probably too optimistic.
    * As such growth curves hit saturation points, they eventually level out. I don’t think that will happen before they hit 50% market share, but it might.

  9. That means approx. 31,600,000 songs were sold (not rented) by ALL OTHER online stores
    (Am I missing any)
    Evenly devided (which it is not) would be 6,320,000 songs per house, which answers the question of why no one but Apple puts up their download numbers, most probably havnt reached 100,000,000 songs, Apple sells that in 2 months

    MW: Total, fitting

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