UPDATED: Downloaded Music Chart on Radio 1, 1st September

The Official Download Chart premiers on Radio 1 tonight, on the Scott Mills show. The chart is compiled from data provided by stores based on the Loudeye service, plus iTunes and Napster and a number of smaller online music sites.

The Official Chart will be focussing on downloaded, paid music rather than tracks streamed to customers, and further details have emerged regarding the rules of the chart. Tracks must cost a minimum of UK£0.40 (€0.60) and mustn’t be more than ten minutes long. Many tracks that are longer than 8 mins on services like iTunes are labelled “Album Only”, so this may be less of an issue. Tracks which have no physical format are included in the chart, so this will lead to interesting divisions between the traditional chart and online services issuing exclusives.

Rules on incentives (bundling something free with a single to prompt people to buy it) are as tough as with the standard charts, but retailers and labels are allowed to stream one video alongside the down load, and provide images and textual information about artists.

Sorry – just been out in the garden, burying my radio. I’ve discovered that today is “Cure” day on Radio 6, and I didn’t want to take any chances. People have been known to fall over and switch radios on by mistake, you know.

As promised, an update to the Official Download Chart. In the top ten, there was only one track in common between the single chart and download chart, “Dry Your Eyes”.

1 ‘Flying Without Wings’ – Westlife

2 ‘Blazin Day’ – Blazin Squad

3 ‘She Will Be Loved’ – Maroon 5

4 ‘Lola’s Theme’ – Shapeshifters

5 ‘American Idiot’ – Green Day

6 ‘This Love’ – Maroon 5

7 ‘Dry Your Eyes’ – Streets

8 ‘Bedshaped’ – Keane

9 ‘Laura’ – Scissor Sisters

10 ‘Apocalypse Please’ – Muse

The Official Chart

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Fraser Lovatt has spent the last fifteen years working in publishing, TV and the Internet in various capacities, and believes that they will be seperate platforms for at least a while yet. His main interests at the moment are exploring where Linux is taking home entertainment and how technology is conferring technical skills on more and more people. Fraser Lovatt was born in the same year that 2001: A Space Odyssey was delighting and confusing people in the cinemas, and developed a lifelong love of technology as soon as he realised that things could be taken apart, sometimes put back together again, but mostly left in bits or made into something the original designer hadn't quite planned upon. At school he was definitely in the ZX Spectrum/Magpie/BMX camp, rather than the BBC Micro/Blue Peter/well-behaved group. This is all deeply ironic as he later went on to spend nine years working at the BBC. After a few years of working as a bookseller in Scotland, ("Back when it was actually a skilled profession" he'll tell anyone still listening), he moved to England for reasons he can't quite explain adequately to himself. After a couple of publishing jobs punctuated by sporadic bursts of travelling and photography came the aforementioned nine years at the BBC where he specialised in internet technologies and video. These days his primary interests are Java, Linux, videogames and pies - and if they're not candidates for convergence, then what is?