More Evidence That P2P Users Buy CDs
from the once-again,-will-be-ignored-by-the-industry dept
Just how much evidence will it take before the recording industry realizes that there are multiple (possibly conflicting) effects to being able to download free music. Study after study after study after study have shown that many people who use or are interested in using free file sharing programs are likely to buy more CDs, because they view file sharing networks like a much more useful form of radio: as a way to try out lots of different music and determine what they like. It's a "try before you buy" method of finding new music. Now, a new study is getting a lot of press because it claims that people using legal download services like iTunes tend to buy CDs, but as Jason Schultz points out, that's basically saying that people who buy music, buy music. Big deal. What's much more interesting is that the report notes (though, it's hidden at the bottom) that people who use file sharing networks tend to buy CDs as well - though, not quite as many as those who use paid download services. However, if one were to believe the recording industry's spin on things - no one would ever buy a CD if they can get those songs online for free. At what point does the industry admit that there's an awful lot of evidence out there that they're just wrong? It's okay to admit they made a mistake. If they were to embrace file sharing, and realize it's promotional powers, they would end up making a lot more money, but they refuse to pay attention.