Ignoring The Kids, Ignoring The Issue
from the fun-with-numbers dept
Can any survey on music downloading that only consults adults really be considered comprehensive? A new one says that 80 percent of people think downloading music without the copyright holder’s permission is stealing, while a staggering 92 percent say they’ve never done it. Looking a little more closely, though, it’s not that surprising, as only adults were surveyed. While the statistics will no doubt be jumped on by the RIAA, they conveniently ignore what the kids are doing, and what they think of the current musical environment. For what it’s worth, the adults surveyed do give some insights into why music sales are sliding: more than half of people 18 and up say music is getting worse. Three-fourths say CDs are overpriced, while nearly the same amount say 99 cents for a song is a good price (though just 15 percent of people had actually bought music online). So the RIAA and record labels can blame illegal downloading all they want, but it seems pretty obvious that crappy, overpriced product is just as much to blame.