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Legal downloads gain on P2P: NPD

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 13 Mar 2007 20:07 User comments (3)

Legal downloads gain on P2P: NPD The NPD Group has published a study on digital music consumption on the Internet, though legal and illegal means, and has come to some interesting conclusions. The study showed that legal, paid music downloads are gaining on P2P downloads at a high rate. "Legal a la carte downloads were the fastest growing digital music category in 2006, and it is likely that the annual number of legal users will surpass P2P users in 2007," said Russ Crupnick, vice president and entertainment industry analyst for The NPD Group.
He continued: "Unfortunately for the music labels, the volume of music files purchased legally is swamped by the sheer volume of files being traded illegally, whether on P2P or burned CDs sourced from borrowed files." While Apple's iTunes store, by far the dominant store in the online music download market, has sold over 2 billion music downloads since it launched, that figure is accomplished by illegal downloading in a matter of months.

The NPD Group found that the number of P2P users did increase in 2006 from 2005, but at a slower rate than previous years. However, the number of file transfers between those users increased a whopping 47%. There were 47 million U.S. households that have at least one member that downloaded, ripped, burned, played, or uploaded digital music by the end of 2006.

About 15 million of these downloaded at least one music file using P2P in 2006, an 8% increase on the previous year. While the growth rate in terms of users is slowing, NPD did reveal that the number of downloads per user is still actively rising.

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3 user comments

113.3.2007 20:22

There were 47 million U.S. households that have at least one member downloaded, ripped, burned, played, or uploaded digital music by the end of 2006.
I wonder how long it will take the RIAA to send illegal subpeona's out to 47 million households. Of those I ownder how many will be dead, have no computer or just don't know how to secure a wireless config.

214.3.2007 4:39

securing a wireless config wont work (unless its someone elses wirelss router and you dont care if they get your supoena), you need to rout your traffic through another country.

314.3.2007 21:42
webe123
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I think they are talking through their hat! There is absolutely NO WAY that paid subscriptions are catching up to free p2p.

Even itunes, the most popular thing they have cannot touch p2p with newsgroups, IRC and topsites excluded!

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