Music industry body the IFPI has published its digital music report for 2010.
It says that despite moves to counter online music piracy – via legislation in some countries, and new distribution models such as the streaming music service Spotify – overall global music sales are still down from 2004 by some 30%.
Although more positively, when it came to digital music itself, worldwide revenues were up 12% to $4.2 billion in 2009. But that was still only half the growth rate experienced in 2008.
The report also talks about illegal file-sharing damaging the investment and sales figures of local music across the world.
“In particular, three countries known for the historic vibrancy and influence of their music and musicians – Spain, France, Brazil – are suffering acutely, with local artist album sales or the number of releases plummeting,” says the IFPI report.
The IFPI called for quicker movement by governments across the globe to introduce laws forcing ISPs to address digital piracy.