Download sales could exceed £600m a year by 2012

2007's been a record year for digital music sales

Download sales for music and video in 2007 have reached over £160m, more than ever before.

This is an increase of over 45.5 per cent from 2006’s total, while sales of physical releases have once again fallen.

CD and DVD sales are down 2.9 per cent to £4billion over this year.

According to BBC News, proceeds from download sales are expected to reach £600m a year by 2012.

The news comes following Radiohead‘s monumental decision to offer their new album, ‘In Rainbows’, for free this week (October 10) at a price the customer chooses.

Read NME.COM’s first review of ‘In Rainbows’.

Also, as there is currently no artwork to go with ‘In Rainbows’, NME.COM has created some to fill in the gap. Head to the NME Office blog now and get some free MP3 player/ CD-R friendly artwork.

Also check out NME.COM’s brief history of Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood, Phil Selway, Colin Greenwood and Ed O’Brien from their days as On A Friday to Radiohead’s release of ‘In Rainbows’ now.