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  Downloads come second to real CDs
Updated 11 February 2004, 19.23
The Darkness
Downloading music off the net is now the second most popular way of buying music in the UK, over DVDs and vinyl.

The Official Charts Company (OCC) say more than 150,000 downloads were sold in January, including a record 50,000 in the last week of the month.

That week saw George Michael's Amazing top the download chart. The OCC plan to combine downloads into their Official Singles Chart later this year. But CDs remain top dog - in the same week 341,461 were sold.

George Michael
George Michael was top of the download pops
The OCC say that download sales have risen each month since they started counting them, but this is the first time they've been published.

Sales of non-downloaded music fell by 33 per cent in 2003.

Meanwhile, sales of CD albums actually rose by 6 per cent.

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