Downloads can't buoy Canada music sales

More than 40 mil digital tracks sold in 2008

TORONTO -- Revenue from Canadian digital music sales jumped in 2008, but not enough to offset a continuing drop in physical music format sales including CDs.

Nielsen SoundScan Canada reported that just over 40 million digital tracks were sold on digital music services like iTunes in 2008, up 60% from a year earlier.

At the same time, total album sales fell 14% last year to 36 million units, compared with 41.8 million units in 2007.