A week in tech, February 20-26

A roundup of the latest tech news.

Domestic sales of digital music downloads jumped 41% on the year to Ñ75.5 billion $699.5 million in 2007, according to the Recording Industry Association of Japan. Music downloads to mobile phones rose 41% to Ñ68 billion. Downloads of song excerpts grew just 1%, while downloads of full-length songs soared 91%, and for the first time ever, annual sales of full-length downloads exceeded song excerpt downloads. The association believes there is still room for further growth as consumers replace their existing cellular phones with advanced newer models. Sales of music downloads to personal computers which can be transferred to portable audio players climbed 18%. But with the market for these players having plateaued,...
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