Legal music downloaders up to 35-percent; will soon outnumber music thieves

“Around 35% of music consumers now download tracks legally via the Internet and the percentage will soon pass the 40% who have pirated music, according to a new survey released Monday by Entertainment Media Research,” Ray Bennett reports for The Hollywood Reporter.

“The online research company used data collected from 4000 music consumers to compile the 2006 Digital Music Survey in association with media law firm Olswang,” Bennett reports. “‘The findings indicate that the music industry is approaching a strategic milestone with the population of legal downloaders close to exceeding that of pirates,’ Entertainment Media Research chief executive Russell Hart said.”

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  1. what about those that do both?
    or those that only steal what isn’t available for legal download?

    I’m not saying I know anybody like that… ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”ohh” style=”border:0;” />

  2. Hehe yeah – I confess, if I can’t find it via iTunes, I’ll go check the file sharing networks. But yes, iTunes is the *first* place I always go. As long as Apple’s catalog keeps growing, this won’t be a problem for long with me (and probably many people).

    Of course, if the RIAA forces a price-hike… I might go back to the networks…

  3. I am truely amazed at how many p2p users are out there stealing music. I’ve never done it, and I never will. My parents taught me right from wrong. What the hell are those people thinking? I read post from people who try to justify it, but it’s absolutley sad. They use phrases like ‘my rights’ and ‘my music’. I got news for those people, it has never been your music. It becomes your music when the person who wrote and performed the song decide to give it away, and that decision is theirs and not yours. Buying a CD only gives you certain rights, not unlimited rights, no matter how much you may want it to not be true. There is nothing wrong with that either. If it weren’t for you theives, we wouldn’t have to deal with all the DRM crap. All of us honest people have you to thank for that.

  4. is not based on what you want or feel like. It’s hard to believe that many people will pirate artistic works without paying. A shame.

    And thanks to all you dishonest ones, for the DRM and nonsense we all have to deal with.

  5. Not factored into this statistic is how many tracks are downloaded by legal downloaders and how many are downloaded by thieves. My guess is that even the most enthusiastic legal downloaders only download a few hundred songs a year, while a pirate may download that many in a day or two.

    There’s still a long ways to go.

  6. Another distortion of statistics.

    The number of tracks stolen should be compared to the number of tracks purchased. Not the number of users who have done either. It’s a lot cheaper to steal 100 songs than it is to buy 100 (or even 1).

    Further distortion is done by record cos. They look at all the files shared and say “see, see how much money we lost” when the reality is that the number of tracks stolen would never directly relate to the number of songs that would have been purchased. Heck, even I would download crappy music if it were free.

    MW blue, as in The record co’s can yell till they are blue in the face, but most of the problem is their fault.

  7. the duke-

    a very good point, but now i would like to point some things out:
    1) if you were never going to buy the cd in the first place, what dif. does it make if you DL it? some songs you like to have, but are not dying to have, and wouldn’t pay for it otherwise. so DLing it isn’t taking anything away from the artist (but if you start sharing that song…)

    2) the CD prices are still outrageous. $10 for an album on itunes? theres not even a cd that has to be distributed (no manufacturing/distribution costs)!! pure profit. surely they could cut us a break. even cd’s in stores…if cd’s were $10 in stores and $7-8 on itunes, people would be a lot more willing to buy music.

    3) so you thank pirates for drm….cmon there are more important things to be mad about…like terrorists heightening airport security… gonna thank the taliban for that?

    drm is only crap when you want to share the song with others, which is exacly why it’s there. how many people actually have more than 7 computers (the # of dif. computers an itunes-purchased song can be played on)? itunes drm is hardly invasive, it’s only those people who want to convert it to play on their iriver et al that are complaining (or those who want to share it with their friends).

    MW “room”-itunes drm gives us plenty

  8. “1) if you were never going to buy the cd in the first place, what dif. does it make if you DL it? some songs you like to have, but are not dying to have, and wouldn’t pay for it otherwise. so DLing it isn’t taking anything away from the artist (but if you start sharing that song…)”

    That is a very lame excuse “yeah but.” Why did you download it at all if you didn’t WANT the song? And if you wanted it and acquired it illegally, you are STEALING. Plain and simple. It doesn’t matter if you share it, you already stole it.

    The artists who create the music don’t make that much per song, the least you can do is to legally pay for the music you use.

  9. Just wondering… do they factor in people who download live tapings from artists that allow it, or are “legal downloads” only those paid for from an online service?

    Also, do music thieves include those who borrow a CD from a friend and rip it onto their computer, or is this strictly online transactions we’re considering here? In that case, are they considering the direct transfer of info from friend to friend?

    These numbers seem difficult to report on, and it is important to know where their numbers are coming from.

    Glad I don’t live in China,

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