Rory Cellan-Jones: Green shoots in the music industry?

Is it possible that the music industry has finally spotted the light at the end of the tunnel – and it’s not the flashing light on the oncoming Pirate Express locomotive?

This week a big piece of research has come up with two startling conclusions – that illegal downloading amongst young music fans has actually gone into a decline, and that the CD is still the most popular format, even amongst teenagers, and is not ready to be sent to the digital graveyard just yet.

The research, by a media agency The Leading Question and a digital music consultancy Music Ally, questioned 2,000 music fans about their habits.

It found that 73% of them preferred CDs to downloads, and even amongst teenagers the figure was 66%. But what the industry will really latch onto is the figures from the same survey released earlier this week.

They showed that the percentage of fans file-sharing had…

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