Digital sales to be 40% of music purchases by 2012

Mumbai: By 2012, digital music sales will represent an impressive 40 per cent of all music purchased worldwide, according to In-Stat. In 2007, digital sales represented 10 per cent of the total worldwide music market, up from 6 per cent in 2006, the high-tech market research firm says.
Factors contributing to this growth include the global expansion of broadband, continued demand for single-track downloads, and expanding music catalogues. Another key driver is the potential for market growth in full-track downloads to mobile handsets in markets other than Japan, which currently is the primary market for this type of digital music format.
"Digital piracy continues to represent the primary challenge to online music service providers," says In-Stat analyst Stephanie Ethier. "Other obstacles still include the lack of interoperability between services and devices due to differing digital rights management (DRM) technologies, and weak consumer demand for subscription-based services. Another potential market inhibitor is the fact that content owners, cellular service providers and handset manufacturers are increasing the amount of marketing and promotion for mobile music."