According to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, digital music sales have sky rocketed and that has has helped offset a decline in CD sales. The iPod has helped increase sales to $790 million in the first half of this year.

Apple Computer Inc.’s iTunes online music store is responsible for 82% of U.S. legal downloads. Pirated music online has been aggressively pursued by the recording industry, also, contributing to increased legal downloads.

“There is a long way to go — digital and physical piracy remain a big threat to our business in many markets,” said the CEO and chairman of IFPI.

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