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One million downloads in nine days

The demo of 2K Games' BioShock has become the fastest demo to surpass one million downloads over Xbox LIVE, according to the publisher.

And during an investors question and answer session following the release of the company's Q3 trading results, chairman Strauss Zelnick hinted that the rough two-year release cycle the publisher has employed for for it's Grand Theft Auto series could be adopted for future BioShock titles.

Zelnick also revealed that the Xbox 360 and PC title has shipped 1.5 million units worldwide to date and that it's on track to become "one of the fastest-selling games in history."

In the nine days since the LIVE demo was released on August 12, BioShock had outperformed every other demo available over Microsoft's Xbox 360 download service.

"We are really pleased that Microsoft's Xbox LIVE Marketplace has managed to attract a record number of gamers to its site to download and check out BioShock," commented Christoph Hartmann, president of 2K Games.

The title has also become this year's highest-ranked game across all console platforms on

2 million songs downloaded since April

Activision has sold over 650,000 song packs for Guitar Hero II over Xbox Live, totalling 2 million individual tracks – the equivalent of multi-platinum sales in record industry terms.

Each song pack contains three songs – in the first week of release a My Chemical Romance song pack was downloaded over 50,000 times via Xbox Live.

"The Guitar Hero II downloadable videogame song packs are some of the most popular content on Xbox Live and are quickly becoming a very lucrative revenue stream and powerful promotional vehicle for musicians and record labels," commented Dusty Welch, head of publishing for RedOctane.

"Activision was the first third-party publisher to offer downloadable content via Xbox Live to consumers and as a result, we have tremendous insight into the types of content that consumers want."

According to data from Gfk, Chart Track and the NPD Group, the Guitar Hero games have sold over 5.5 million units worldwide.