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Digital music sales see sharp increase

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Digital music sales have seen a significant increase in 2012, according to figures from chart tracker Nielsen.

The data provider reports that digital album sales are up by 15% in the US alone, and the sector is on course to smash 2011's record of 1.3 billion tracks sold.

Nielsen vice president David Bakula attributes the surge to the increasing popularity of tablets and smartphones, and predicts further growth in the future.

"A look back at music sales over the past few years found that the explosion of devices on the market - such as smartphones and tablets - and their increasing role in consumers' everyday lives has played a major factor in the growth of digital music," he wrote in a blog post.

"As we look ahead, it's clear that digital music purchases - and consumption through streaming sources - will continue to grow, and that consumers' appetites for digital music will change at the speed of technology."

The report follows the news that Taylor Swift set a new US download record for a female artist with her latest single 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together'.

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