The Irish singles chart is moving into the digital age as digital downloads are to be included in the compilation of the charts. The move is expected to help young bands break into the charts.

Dick Doyle Director General of the Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA) says that as consumer behaviour changes, digital formats need to be included in the charts.

One in every six sales... in a digital format.

The charts will now be compiled of physical and online sales. However only digital downloads that are purchased from eight online shops, such as Bleep, Whip it! and Easy Music, will be counted. 

Reporter Martin Fitzgerald describes how the music formats that people are buying are ever changing, which may impact on the survival of record shops. 

Brendan McDermott, Manager of Golden Discs in Dun Laoghaire, says that he does not see digital downloading killing off record shops as

Genuine music lovers still like to have the original product.

Larry Gogan, Radio Presenter, comments on the success of the first digital number one slots by Gnarls Barkley, Artic Monkeys, and Sandi Thom, and how the inclusion of digital downloads in compiling the charts will bode well for younger bands.  

An RTÉ News report by Martina Fitzgerald broadcast on 29 June 2006.