Germany's nascent legitimate online music market has registered 1 million downloads each month since April, German labels body BPW reported today (Aug. 18).

Germany's nascent legitimate online music market has registered 1 million downloads each month since April, German labels body BPW reported today (Aug. 18).

The trade body says that Phonoline, the pan-industry German digital platform, is registering 150,000 downloads per month.

According to industry sources, the market leader is Apple Computer's iTunes Music Store, with 600,000 downloads per month, followed by Phonoline, AOL, T-Online and OD 2. Apple does not break out sales figures for each territory in which it operates.

"The Internet music market is establishing itself more quickly than we had hoped," BPW chairman Gerd Gebhardt says.

German industry representatives expect the online market to equal the size of the singles market by the end of next year.

After a number of false starts, Phonoline rolled out March 18 with a library of 250,000 titles from all the majors and various independents. The service now allows users to download content to mobile phones, according to the BPW.