Album sales down 7.2% in 2005

The music industry can boast sales of more than 1 bln units in 2005, but only digital sales were a bright spot in an otherwise down year, according to Nielsen SoundScan. 620 mln albums were sold in 2005, down 7.2% from 2004.
352.7 mln digital tracks helped boost the results with 150% jump from 2004. Digital album sales rose 194% from 2004, with over 16 mln sold.