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Music Industry

A digital download (also known as a digital single or a paid digital download) is an official and legal music single available for purchase through an online store. Popular examples of online music stores that sell digital singles and albums include Apple's iTunes and Napster. A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... An album is a collection of related audio tracks distributed to the public. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into ITunes. ... Napster, LLC (NASDAQ: NAPS, formerly Roxio, Inc. ...

Digital downloads are often encoded with DRM that restrict making additional copies of the music or play purchased songs on a playing device from a competing hardware manufacturer. For example, songs purchased from Apple's iTunes will only play on Apple's iPod. A way to get around DRM is to burn purchased songs to a CD, then transfer them onto the computer again from the CD in the desired unprotected format. This results in a slight loss of sound quality due to additional encoding/decoding of the music (called transcoding). Digital Rights Management (generally abbreviated to DRM) is an umbrella term that refers to any of several technologies used by publishers or copyright owners to control access to and usage of digital data or hardware, and to restrictions associated with a specific instance of a digital work or device. ... iPod (fifth generation) in Apple Universal Dock, iPod nano (second generation) and iPod shuffle (second generation) iPod is a brand of portable media players designed and marketed by Apple and launched in 2001. ... In computing, optical disc authoring, including CD authoring and DVD authoring, known often as burning, is the process of recording source material—video, audio or other data—onto an optical disc (compact disc or DVD). ... In telecommunication, transcoding is the direct digital-to-digital conversion from one encoding scheme, such as voice LPC-10, to a different encoding scheme without returning the signals to analog form. ...

Legal music downloads have existed since 2000. Paid digital download may suffer from the development of techniques enabling the digital extraction of songs played on the radio which, although offering lower quality sound, is also legal. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with ripping. ...

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Legal music downloads were first compiled by Billboard in 2003, but they didn't gain mainstream acceptance in the United States until around February 2005, when digital sales for singles started to be included in the Billboard Hot 100 and other Billboard charts. In the year before, the Hot 100 chart was very similar to the Hot 100 Airplay chart, because there were only minor CD-single sales affecting the chart. The inclusion of digital singles has immensely helped many songs chart and peak higher, including Jessica Simpson's cover of "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" which became her second-highest peaking Hot 100 single thanks to digital sales. Another example is Britney Spears's "Do Somethin'" which wasn't released as a radio single, but charted in 2005 due to top-fifty (number forty-nine) digital sales. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The Billboard Hot 100 is the main singles chart used by Billboard magazine. ... The Hot 100 Airplay is a chart released weekly by Billboard magazine in the United States. ... Jessica Ann Simpson (born July 10, 1980) is an American pop singer and actress who rose to fame in the late 1990s. ... See These Boots Are Made for Walkin (Jessica Simpson song) for the Jessica Simpson song. ... Britney Jean Spears (born December 2, 1981) is a Grammy Award-winning[1] American pop singer, dancer, actress, author and songwriter. ... Do Somethin is a single by Britney Spears, the second and final single taken from her 2004 (see 2004 in music) Greatest Hits: My Prerogative compilation. ...

RIAA Certification and American records

Single certifications were introduced in February 2005. Songs that sell a certain number of copies are often certified by the RIAA with the permission of the artist and the record company. The RIAA Logo. ...

In November 2005, the record for the bestselling digital single in the United States was held by Gwen Stefani's "Hollaback Girl", which has sold over one million downloads, making it the first song to achieve diamond download status. Since then, "Bad Day" by Daniel Powter has overcome it in terms of sales to become the bestselling digital single. The highest week sales was held by "Gold Digger" by hip-hop star Kanye West. (It is now held by "Fergalicious" by Fergie when she sold 295,000 downloads one week in January, certifing her platinum in just one week.) The single beat the previous record holder, Gwen Stefani, in the week of September 8, 2005, and has sold enough copies to be certified quadruple platinum. The song also is responsible for ending Mariah Carey's fourteen week run of her come-back single, "We Belong Together". The underground dance music scene has not been left out either with the digital download network Beatport.com hitting its one million download mark in 2005. Gwen Renée Stefani (born October 3, 1969) is an American singer, songwriter, fashion designer and occasional actress. ... Hollaback Girl is a pop song written by Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams for Stefanis debut solo album, Love. ... Bad Day is a pop song written by Canadian singer Daniel Powter. ... Daniel Robert Powter (born February 25, 1971) is a Canadian Grammy Award-nominated recording artist. ... A person, most often a woman, who is romantically involved with someone else solely for their money. ... Kanye Omari West (pronounced /kɑn. ... Fergalicious is the second single from Fergies debut solo album, The Dutchess. ... Stacy Ann Ferguson (born March 27, 1975), professionally known as Fergie, is a Grammy Award-winning American Pop/R&B singer. ... September 8 is the 251st day of the year (252nd in leap years). ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Mariah Carey (born March 27, 1970) is an American pop and R&B singer, songwriter, record producer, music video director and actress. ... We Belong Together is a pop–R&B song recorded by Mariah Carey for her ninth studio album The Emancipation of Mimi (2005); and went on to become one of the biggest number one singles on the American music charts - staying at number one for fourteen non-consecutive weeks on...

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The UK Official Download Chart was launched on September 1, 2004, and included any Permanent Digital Download track, under 10 minutes long, being sold for a minimum price of 40p (0.4 GBP). In January 2005, downloaded tracks outsold physical singles for the first time in UK music history, prompting The Official UK Charts Company to incorporate downloads for the first time into the UK Singles Chart on April 17, 2005. Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... The UK Official Download Chart is compiled by The Official UK Charts Company on behalf of the music industry. ... September 1 is the 244th day of the year (245th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... GBP may be: short for Game Boy Player the ISO currency code for the British Pound Sterling. ... January is the first month of the year and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Previously Chart Information Network (CIN). ... The UK Singles Chart is currently compiled by The Official UK Charts Company (OCC) on behalf of the British record industry. ... April 17 is the 107th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (108th in leap years). ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

On December 16, 2006, the winner of The X Factor, Leona Lewis had her single "A Moment Like This" released for download. 50,000 tracks were downloaded in under 30 minutes, believed to be a record.[1]-1... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... The X Factor is a British popular TV music talent show, broadcast on Saturdays on ITV1 in the UK and on TV3 in the Republic of Ireland, with spin-off behind-the-scenes shows The Xtra Factor and The X Factor 24/7 screened on ITV2. ... Leona Louise Lewis (born April 3, 1985 in Islington, London) is an English singer and songwriter, who was the winner of the third series of the The X Factor. ... A Moment like This is the first single, released as a double A-side with Before Your Love, by Kelly Clarkson, the winner of the first season of American Idol, and later included on her multi-platinum debut album, Thankful. ...


Japan has the highest amount of digital downloads sold in the world. The highest selling digital single there, and the world, is Keep Tryin' by Utada Hikaru with 2.5 million paid downloads. The runner-up is Koi no Tsubomi by Kumi Koda with 2.3 million paid downloads. Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan_(bordered). ... Keep Tryin is Utada Hikarus 16th Japanese single and 21st single overall, released on February 22, 2006. ... This is a Japanese name; the family name is Utada Utada Hikaru born January 19, 1983), also known by her fan-nickname of Hikki ), is a Japanese pop singer-songwriter. ... Koi no Tsubomi (Love Bud) is Kumi Kodas 31st solo under the Rhythm Zone label. ... Kumi Koda ) (born Kumiko Koda ) on November 13, 1982) is a Japanese pop singer who debuted in Japan in 2000 with her first single, TAKE BACK. She did not achieve success until her seventh single, real Emotion / 1000 no Kotoba, which was a hit because of its connection to the...

Computer Industry

In the computer industry, software purchased and downloaded from an online store is called a digital download. Often the download will be available immediately after the buyer's credit card has been charged. The benefit of digital downloads is thus the little time it takes to receive a desired product. The drawback is that the buyer does not get any tangible product (no disc, box or manual, for example). Computer software (or simply software) refers to one or more computer programs and data held in the storage of a computer for some purpose. ... Credit cards A credit card is a system of payment named after the small plastic card issued to users of the system. ... The optical lens of a compact disc drive. ...

See also

Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The Hot Digital Songs chart ranks the best-selling digital singles in the United States, according to Billboard magazine. ... The Hot Digital Tracks is a song popularity chart that ranks the best selling digital tracks in the United States according to Billboard magazine. ...


  1. ^ Blackburn, Jen. "Leona breaks world record", The Sun, 17 December 2006. Retrieved on December 17, 2006.

  Results from FactBites:
Digital download - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (510 words)
A digital download (also known as a digital single or a paid digital download) is an official legally released music single released by artists to the public.
Digital downloads can usually be available as an album track and sometimes, if released as a radio single, a separate digital set will be released.
The digital download is quickly becoming a top medium for music, with media devices such as the iPod leading a revolution in music playback and storage potential.
Digital download - Facts, Information, and Encyclopedia Reference article (403 words)
Modern alternative rock has also benefited from digital downloads, with Fall Out Boy's "Sugar We're Goin' Down" and My Chemical Romance's "Helena" peaking at numbers eight and thirty-three respectively on the Hot 100, with almost no radio airplay.
In September 2005, the record for both the bestselling digital single overall and by highest week sales was held by "Gold Digger" by hip-hop star Kanye West.
The single beat the previous record holder, Gwen Stefani, in the week of September 8 2005, and has sold enough copies to be certified quadruple platinum (though it hasn't been certified yet).
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