It's a huge figure compared to last year...

The BPI have announced that more than 10 million downloads have been sold this year.

In a sign that music fans in the UK are embracing legal download services, the figure is almost twice that of the whole of last year, when 5.7 million were sold in 12 months.

BPI Chairman Peter Jamieson said: “The record industry has enthusiastically embraced the new legal download services since their emergence in the mainstream little more than a year ago and now we’re beginning to reap the rewards. The battle against illegal filesharing will continue, but we are delighted to have hit this milestone so soon.”