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iTunes gaining ground over file sharing

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By Dennis Lloyd

Publisher, iLounge
Published: Tuesday, April 27, 2004
News Categories: iTunes

“The number of U.S. music fans downloading music online increased by 27 percent between November 2003 and March 2004, research claims. Pew Internet & American Life Project ran a survey among 1371 Internet users to reach its estimates, which include users of file sharing networks (LimeWire, Kazaa) and legal services, such as Apple Computer’s ITunes Music Store. Downloaders rose from 18 million to 23 million in the period. [...]

“While online music services like ITunes are far from trumping the popularity of file-sharing networks, 17 percent of current music downloaders say they are using these paid services. Overall, 7 percent of Internet users say they have bought music at these new services at one time or another, including 3 percent who currently use paid services.” [...]

“ITunes, which reached more than 2.3 million Americans in March, has added nearly a million unique visitors since October 2003,” the report states.”

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1

it makes you wonder how many unique visitors have been added to soulseek, shareaza, bittorrent, WASTE, etc., etc., since October 2003. i bet it’s A LOT more than a meager million.

Posted by eh on April 27, 2004 at 7:47 AM (PDT)

2

i still wont buy off itunes unless they mail a wav/aiff file on cd to me as well.

Posted by NYC_nigel on April 27, 2004 at 8:18 AM (PDT)

3

suckas

Posted by jr on April 27, 2004 at 10:55 AM (PDT)

4

Anyone catch this? Number of WMA downloads now exceeds Apple’s FairPlay downloads:

http://news.com.com/2100-1027_3-5199227.html

iTMS - 4.9MM (Fairplay)
Walmart - 2.7MM (WMA)
Napster 2.0 - 1.9MM (WMA)
Musicmatch - 1.5MM (WMA)
BuyMusic - 0.5MM (WMA)

That’s Fairplay - 4.9MM to WMA 6.6MM (1.7MM more WMA than Fairplay songs - or 34% more than iTMS!)

Posted by Download Sales on April 27, 2004 at 12:51 PM (PDT)

5

i can’t belive people would actually say they are still downloading illegally even if it is an anonomous survey, especially with all the crackdowns lately.

Posted by franticnomad on April 27, 2004 at 6:32 PM (PDT)

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