Another Study Shows Digital Music Drives Sales

from the how-about-that? dept

How long will the music industry ignore all the evidence that suggests their continued insistence on trying to legislate new technologies out of existence hurts them more than helps them? A new study shows that people who download music and have CD burners tend to buy more music. Of course, the music industry will continue to ignore that this is even a possibility, and focus on having CD burners and file sharing systems banned. This really does sound like the VCR all over again.

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Florian M Unterkircher says:

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It’s rather obvious that cd-writer ownership and an interest in consuming music is positively correlated. However, the statement that people owming a cd-writer tend to buy more music does not really support the argument that the music industry does not lose sales because of that.

I assume that, generally, how much music you buy and whether you own electronic devices such as a cd writer depends on your income level (therefore, both are really dependent variables of a third one).

For a statement like “cd-writer ownership encourages people to buy more music” to be verified, one would have to check which variables have a significant influence on the purchase level (factor analysis) and then see how those relate with each other (covariance).

…or something like this, but I think you get the idea.

Anonymous Coward says:


Re: No Subject Given
You also are ignoring that most if not all of the file trading represents only “potential” lost sales. You cannot assume that because someone downloaded a song, that he/she would have ever actually bought it if the download did not exist.

Re: Trolls
This is Mike’s site.
It is Mike’s choice to post what Mike likes.

Go to and you will find that is available, hint, hint.

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