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6 million stop stealing music

“An estimated 6 million people have stopped downloading copyrighted music from the Internet over fears that they may sued by the recording industry, but the overall number of Americans who download music is rising with the popularity of iTunes, Napster and other legitimate online music services, according to a survey released today by the Pew Internet & American Life Project.

Approximately 23 million people are active downloaders of music, based on a phone survey of 1,371 adult Internet users conducted in February. That compares to 18 million estimated downloaders in November and December 2003.”

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Can you be chased by the record companies in the UK?

Posted by arsenalmad10 in UK on April 26, 2004 at 11:25 AM (CDT)


Could this study possibly be accurate?  Even if surveying 1,300 people out of an estimated 23 million is enough to predict their general behavior, how did they go about contacting the average downloader (which is everybody)?  A teenager isn’t going to answer the phone and take a survey, give me a break.

With an over-the-phone interview the person has your name, they have your contact phone number, they have access to recording your conversation…HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE GOING TO SAY THEY DOWNLOAD MUSIC ILLEGALLY?

This is a joke.

Posted by Ryan on April 26, 2004 at 11:56 AM (CDT)


dethbraker: Yes a person can say how much music they would or wouldn’t purchased because if what they dl sounds like crap there not going to buy nor listen to it. A person knows what they like and dislike.  And I have participated in phone surveys before.  You can do it anonymously and honestly. At least some of us do.

I dl some music and the artist I dl and sampled I then purchased there CD’s.  I found out about artist I never heard of before and would never have if it were not for the free dl engines.  But for me it was just a way to sample music from artist unknown to me.  I ended up buying hundreds of dollars of CD’s because of dl’ing.

But the downside was dl a song with a virus, songs were often mislabeled as one song when it was in reality a song by another artist which I deleted. Some songs did not have correct tags and I found it hard to track them down at AMazon.com because I wanted the album plus the fact that it took forever sometimes before a song would dl.  I had some songs sitting in the dl section for months before they partialy dl or did not dl at all.  And WinMX was even worst to me.  I finally gave up and stopped using them. 

It’s easier for me to just buy and try and find a place that will allow people to sample new music.  I now use Rhapsody.  It allows you to listen to the entire song/CD plus you can purchase for only 79 cents a song, no tax, but you set up an account for $9.99 a month.

I also used MP3.com when they were still up and used that since it was free and legal and easier to dl with all the info right there on the artist page.

Posted by Me Like Music on April 26, 2004 at 12:52 PM (CDT)


Yes, phone surveys can be accurate.  It’s been a while since my stats course, but its a very normal kind of surveying.  And yes, the sample size they have is plenty.  Your concerns are valid though, Ryan, and whoever is responsible for this survey should have already thought about the possibility of people being afraid to tell the truth.  In a published study, it would be printed somewhere in the article that that was a concern.

Posted by Layla on April 26, 2004 at 6:02 PM (CDT)


Orangehaze, amen to that, i live in canada too so im not afraid of getting sued, but DL music opened me up to A LOT of bands, and if theyre worthy id buy their cd, if they have dvds i buy that and go to concerts too…like how much money do they actually make from cds, like okay im sure its quite a bit but including all kinds of merchandise and stuff, they make a good chunk of money that mostly goes to them, especially from touring…thats my 2 cents

Posted by eric spano on April 29, 2004 at 5:07 PM (CDT)

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