The RIAA is expanding its gold and platinum awards program to digital downloads. Download awards will be given out starting in August, based on sales of label-licensed singles at services such as Naps

The RIAA is expanding its gold and platinum awards program to digital downloads.

Download awards will be given out starting in August, based on sales of label-licensed singles at services such as Napster, iTunes and Sony Connect.

Sales of 100,000 digital copies of a single will earn the artist a gold award, while sales of 200,000 will earn platinum. The trade group will hand out multi-platinum awards for each additional 200,000 in digital sales.

The digital sales data will not count toward the RIAA's existing gold and platinum award program for physical singles.

"This is a gratifying milestone in the evolution of legitimate digital-music services," says RIAA chairman/CEO Mitch Bainwol in a statement. "It is a reflection of the commitment of the entire music community to consumer-friendly legitimate digital services as well as fans' appetite for high-quality music."