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Latin Digital Music Sales Grow

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Digital music sales in Latin America is growing strongly, but piracy remains a serious problem.

BY CHRONICLE STAFF

Music downloaded through the Internet or wireless devices reached nine million units in the third quarter last year - 15 times more than the same quarter in 2005, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), the London-based organization that represents music labels worldwide.

However, most of the sales in Mexico - as in the rest of Latin America  - is dominated by downloads of mastertones to wireless phones, says Raul Vazquez, regional director for Latin America for IFPI.

"The mobile has been most successful up to now," he says.

In Latin America, downloads of mastertones (30-second clips of the original song) accounts for...

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