23 January 2013
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File sharers buy 30% more music than non-P2P users, says new study

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PEOPLE who use file sharing software buy 30% more music than those who don’t, a new study has claimed.

The American Assembly was commissioned by Google to undertake a new survey of music fans’ patterns of consumption.

They found that people who used peer-to-peer file sharing software purchased around 38% of the average 2,000 songs in their online music libraries. Those that didn’t use P2P, on the other hand, legitimately bought about 45% of 1,300 songs — so more as a percentile figure, but 30% less in real terms. The rest they ripped from CDs or copied.

The study also found that 13% of US citizens use file sharing software, a figure which rises to 20% for people under the age of 30.

[via NME]

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