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Peer-to-peer Users Buy More Music

P2P Users Buy More Music? -

An independent survey carried out by The American Assembly has found that those who illegally share music online are prone to spend more on legal purchases.  

The report suggests that peer-to-peer (P2P) users on average buy 30% more music than people who aren't involved in the 'dark arts' of online sharing. The report also goes on to suggest that filesharing is a 'drop in the ocean' when compared with more traditional offline copying, such as burning CDs.

The research was based on thousands of telephone interviews with people in the US and Germany.

Joe Karaganis of the American Assembly says (via Classic Rock Magazine):

"P2P users have larger music collection than non-P2P users - roughly 37% more. Most of the difference comes from higher levels of downloading for free and copying from friends.

"But some of it also comes from significantly higher legal purchases of digital music: around 30% higher among P2P users.

"Our data is quite clear on this point and lines up with other studies: the biggest music pirates are also the biggest spenders."

The evidence uncovered along with a full report by the non-partisan public policy forum can be found in here.


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