More or less 1 in 5 music buyers have remaining the high street for good, based on the newest industry figures, as internet-savvy Britons flock to digital products just like Apple iTunes and Spotify.

The UK music industry trade body, the BPI, said 19.6% of music buyers right now just buy digital music, since more than a quarter of the population downloaded or streamed songs lawfully in 2012.

These numbers would be the latest to chart exactly what the BPI described as the “digital music switchover” a shift that assisted sink the once-cherished high street brand HMV in January.

Homegrown acts including Adele and Ed Sheeran have led digital charge, based on the BPI’s Digital Music Nation report released on Thursday.

“There has rightly already been a lot of focus in recent weeks on high-street music retail. That will continue we need to do all we could to serve music followers who love CDs and vinyl,” stated the BPI chief executive, Geoff Taylor.

“But also great music stores, Britain is blessed with a world-beating variety of digital music services, which fans rate very extremely for ease of use and worth for money. And this is only the beginning.”

The report mentioned the rise of streaming services just like Spotify, Napster and last.fm in the UK. The streaming market is now more vital than 49m annually to British record labels, comprising 15.2% of digital income, the BPI said.

The Swedish music player Spotify led just how in the streaming market, with in excess of 20 million global users which includes 5 million paying subscribers. Three songs from Halifax-born singer Ed Sheeran featured in Spotify’s top 20 most-played tracks of 2012, which was lead by Gotye’s Somebody that I Used to Know.

The BPI said UK music followers streamed greater than 3.7bn tracks in 2012, bought 30.5m digital albums and 183.3m digital singles an increase that made it easier for online music revenue outstrip sales of conventional CDs and records the very first time last year.

“The adjust has been seismic. And it continues,” said Taylor. “Market growth and digital development are dynamically intertwined, which means the next 10 years should be every bit as game changing and thrilling, once we look forward to the effect of 4G-connected TVs and in-car streaming coming.”

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