(Via RAIN) A2IM has found that independent music is increasing in popularity, thanks in part to the “wealth of new platforms” on which music can now be heard, including Internet radio. The organization found that 40% of all music played at non-traditional web radio is independent, while over half of the music aired on Pandora is independent. Independent labels also accounted for 32% of aggregate album sales in 2008 and picked up 56 awards at this year’s Grammys, according to A2IM. “When traditional gatekeepers and obstacles to reaching fans are removed, indies thrive,” the release states. Find it here.