The Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) has claimed that pirating and the internet are not responsible for the downturn of CD sales.
According to The Age newspaper, ARIA has acknowleged that online song-swapping and CD burning may not be to blame for the fall, citing economic conditions and increased competition for the consumer's entertainment spend as culprits.
"I think it's important to recognise that there are other legitimate commercial pressures [on music sales]," said ARIA chief executive Stephen Peach.
The view is opposite to that of ARIA's US counterpart, the Recording Industry Association of America, which has consistently claimed that piracy is a big reason for falls in global CD sales.
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