Legitimate digital music sales grew strongly in 2008 but were still dwarfed by the scale of illegal downloads, despite industry efforts to adapt to the internet and offer more choice to customers, Reuters reports. A report by the trade body IFPI showed legal digital global sales grew by an estimated 25 percent, to $3.7 billion in trade value, to account for about 20 percent of the industry's global recorded music sales, up from 15 percent in 2007. However, the rapid rate of growth has inevitably slowed -- digital sales grew by more than 30 percent in 2007 -- and the...

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