Music pirates 'make significantly more legal purchases', says study


Music pirates are also the biggest spenders on recorded music, according to research from a Columbia University affiliate.

Copy Culture in the US and Germany - a research paper conducted by The American Assembly, which is attached to Columbia University, suggests that “If absolute spending is the metric, then P2P users value music more highly than their non-P2P using, digital-collecting peers, not less.”

The table below shows the difference in music consumption between P2P and non-P2P users - highlighting that, while illegally acquired music is in far greater quantity in file-sharing circles, legally consumed music is also significantly higher.


The research was collected using telephone surveys, and found that music collections are largest among the young, with the median number of songs kept falling from 1000 (USA) and 300 (Germany) for 18-29 year-olds to just 100 among 64-year-olds in both nations.

The study concludes that file sharers also make “significantly higher legal purchases of digital music than their non-P2P using peers–around 30% higher among US P2P users.”

The study also notes that 29% of those under 30 listen to ‘most or all’ of their music via streaming services.  11% have paid subscriptions. And sharing music among family and friends, either by ripping CDs or sharing files, was almost as prevalent as illegal downloads.

Source: The Register


Tags: Piracy, research, Columbia University

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