P2P Users Buy More Music? -
An independent survey carried out by The American Assembly has
found that those who illegally share music online are prone to
spend more on legal purchases.
The report suggests that peer-to-peer (P2P) users on average buy
30% more music than people who aren't involved in the 'dark arts'
of online sharing. The report also goes on to suggest that
filesharing is a 'drop in the ocean' when compared with more
traditional offline copying, such as burning CDs.
The research was based on thousands of telephone interviews with
people in the US and Germany.
Joe Karaganis of the American Assembly says (via Classic Rock
"P2P users have larger music collection than non-P2P users -
roughly 37% more. Most of the difference comes from higher levels
of downloading for free and copying from friends.
"But some of it also comes from significantly higher legal
purchases of digital music: around 30% higher among P2P
"Our data is quite clear on this point and lines up with
other studies: the biggest music pirates are also the biggest
The evidence uncovered along with a full report by the
non-partisan public policy forum can be found in