(Reuters) - Five facts about digital downloading.
-- Sales of compact discs have fallen by more than 23 percent between 2000 and 2006 according to the global music trade body
-- Napster was the first major peer-to-peer file sharing network. It was founded by Shawn Fanning in 1999 and shut down after legal action by the music industry in 2001
-- The Recording Industry Association of America has successfully shuttered or reached agreements with BearShare, eDonkey, Grokster and Kazaa since 2005.
-- Apple’s iTunes Music Store is the world’s biggest digital music outlet and has sold more than 2 billion songs since its 2003 launch
-- More than 1 billion songs are swapped for free every month on file swapping networks, according to Web consultants Big Champagne.
Compiled by Yinka Adegoke in New York