The Australian Record Industry Assn. (ARIA) is planning to launch a download chart by the end of the year. ARIA is also aiming to introduce a truetone chart "in the next 12 to 18 months."

The Australian Record Industry Assn. (ARIA) is planning to launch a download chart by the end of the year.

ARIA CEO Stephen Peach says data will initially come from the country's three major download providers Telstra BigPond, msn and Destra Corporation. In recent months, ARIA has been assessing download data for accuracy, and to determine whether there is sufficient quantity to develop either a top 20 or top 50 chart. "It's important that the chart is credible from day one and the integrity of the data beyond question," Peach says.

The British recorded music industry on Sept. 1 launched its own official download chart after almost a year of testing.

Destra CEO Domenic Carosa welcomes the ARIA initiative. "It will provide a legitimacy for the Australian legitimate market," he says. Digital rights management company Destra operates the websites for music retailers Sanity Music, HMV Australia, Leading Edge, JB Hi Fi and online retailer ChaosMusic.

Telstra, msn and Destra currently have dedicated download charts comprising sales from their respective services.

Stephen Peach says ARIA is also aiming to introduce a truetone chart "in the next 12 to 18 months." Truetones are ringtones which are based on original master recordings. The total annual ringtones market in Australia is worth about A$30 million ($21 million), according to ARIA.