Digital music sales generated $790 mln in the first half of 2005

Digital music now makes up 6% of total sales, or about $790 mln, according to International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. Sales of CDs and other physical formats continued a long decline, falling to $13.2 bln from $13.4 bln in the first half of 2004. In the United States physical sales fell 5.3% by value and 5.7% by units. In Japan physical sales were down 9.2% in value and 6.9% in units.