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Net music freeloaders still buy CDs, says report
By Jon Newton, p2pnet.net
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2002-02-28
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Source: MusicDish - February 25, 2002

Fewer than 1 in 10 (8%) Americans over the age of 12 who have ever downloaded or streamed music from the Net have actually paid it. And most (84%) of the people in this group say they'd be unlikely to pay for streamed or DL'd music even if there was no free music available, research firm Ipsos-Reid found in its latest syndicated study, TEMPO: Keeping Pace with Online Music Distribution.

"There currently appears to be a segment of the downloader population that has a fundamental objection to the idea of paying for music downloads or streams obtained from the Internet," says the company's Matt Kleinschmit.

However, apparently, downloaders don't stop buying CDs when they discover downloading, the report says, continuing that moreover, downloaders seem to have "voracious" appetites for online music-related information such as listening to song clips, reading about lyrics and tour information, and researching bands prior to actually purchasing their CD. "And nearly half (47%) of these individuals indicate that they have subsequently purchased a particular CD from a band or artist solely because of something they first read or listened to on the Internet," states Ipsos-Reid.

"Clearly, the Internet is becoming a key component in both the listening and purchase activities of some music enthusiasts," adds Kleinschmit.


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