Music magazine publishers believe the success of the iPod and iTunes is helping boost magazine sales, a Guardian report notes.

Emap's Mojo has returned its highest circulation figure in twelve years, while rock magazines are "showing impressive growth", the report notes, pointing to the "iPod-fuelled download explosion" as raison-d'etre for the boom.

Q, NME, Kerrang! and Metal Hammer are all seeing gains.

"The iPod generation has opened up downloading culture so people can buy one track rather than buying a whole album and experiment more," Stuart Williams, the publishing director of Emap's music titles, told The Guardian.

The report also shifts a seismic shift toward rock music away from dance.