The total number of paid song downloads in the U.K. reached 50,497 in the week ending Jan. 24, making it the second format of choice for U.K. singles buyers, according to figures released today by the

The total number of paid song downloads in the U.K. reached 50,497 in the week ending Jan. 24, making it the second format of choice for U.K. singles buyers, according to figures released today by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI). CD singles sold 341,461 units.

The week, which coincided with the launch of Coca-Cola's Cokemusic.com download service, marks "the first time that paid-for downloads have overtaken any physical formats," the BPI says in a statement.

Sales of 12-inch vinyls hit 40,412 units during the period, followed by 7-inch singles (9,969), DVD singles (8,713) and cassette singles (1,197).

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