US spending on digital content generated $987 mln in the first half of 2005

US consumers spent $987 mln for online content during the first half of 2005. This corresponds to a 16% increase from the first half of 2004, according to Online Publishers Association. Spending at entertainment and lifestyle soared by about 45% to $265 mln in the first half of 2005, from $183 mln in the first six months of 2004. Almost half of the total entertainment/lifestyle spending ($115 mln) was from single-purchase sales, such as digital music.