Why The Net Won't Dampen Record Sales

from the more-predictions dept

An anonymous coward sent in a link to this Guardian editorial saying that downloading music doesn’t hurt music sales. Apparently, in the UK, music sales are actually up this year. The writer makes the two obvious comparisons that many people like to trot out these days. The first is that music sharing is similar to listening to the radio. It works as a promotional system that lets people discover new music that they can then spend money on. The second example is the always-popular “bottled water” example, where people still pay to buy bottled water even though the stuff from the tap is free.

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