ASDA has announced that it is dropping CD singles from its stores following poor in store sales and the trend of buying tracks on the Internet.

"We're reluctantly saying goodbye to one of the most important products in music history", the retailer's music buyer Andy Powell told the BBC.

The supermarket chain owned by Wal-Mart, says that it will be phasing out singles from this week.

Downloads have overtaken CDs as the most popular way to buy singles - accounting for 79% of the market in 2006.

This week's number one, Umbrella by Rihanna, has made to the number one slot on downloads alone, 2 weeks before the CD hits shops.

According to the BBC, high street retailer Woolworths has denied press speculation that it is also planning to withdraw CD singles for similar reasons.