Los Angeles – Sales of single-track digital music downloads
in the U.S. fell 0.2% in the first half of 2010, according to Nielsen SoundScan
data, Music Week reports.
The main contributing factor is thought to be the
introduction of “variable pricing” for downloads, where some new
release tracks now retail for $1.29, up from the previously established
standard of 99 cents.
On a brighter note, U.S. sales of full-album downloads
was up 12.7% in the first half of the year, to 42.2 million units.