Downloads increase 125% from July 2005.

Downloads of Christian sheet music has more than doubled at digital service Musicnotes. For the month of July, Musicnotes sold a record 12,500 Christian music downloads.

The downloads mark an increase of 125% from July of 2005. Most of Musicnotes downloads sell in the $4-$6 range.

“July Christian sales really surprised us,” says Tim Reiland, Musicnotes chairman/CFO. “This is actually our slowest time of the year, so we look forward to the fall and winter months with a lot of excitement.”

The Christian category, which includes contemporary Christian, gospel, praise and worship and other genres, represents the fastest growing segment of Musicnotes’ business.

Last year the company finalized a content and distribution relationship with Word Music. Musicnotes also has content deals with EMI Christian, Brentwood-Benson, Integrity Music, Maranatha!, Oregon Catholic Press and several other publishers.

“ receives over 50,000 unique visitors a day and has a market share of nearly 70% of the digital sheet music market,” Reiland says. “We will continue to work with Christian publishers and songwriters to extend the reach of their beautiful and inspirational music.”