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New study refutes blitz on music file sharing - abates
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Alden Bates
Date: 2004-05-03 00:06
Subject: New study refutes blitz on music file sharing
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New study refutes blitz on music file sharing

"The economic effect is also small. Even in the most pessimistic specification, five thousand downloads are needed to displace a single album sale," they wrote.
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Elsa Frohman: hair
User: elsaf
Date: 2004-05-02 05:29 (UTC)
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RIAA studies tend to leave out the decline in disposable income among young people since 1999. Combined with artificially inflated CD prices, that accounts for a great deal of the decline in sales.

My personal experience has been that music downloading has led me to buy many more CDs in the past two years than I did in the five years before that.

And now that there are places where I can pay for downloads, I'm quite happy to shell out 79, 89 or even 99 cents per song. The main thing about music downloads isn't the price, it's convenience. Why should I have to buy an entire album to get the one song I like? Why should I have to buy an entire album to find out whether I like any of it other than the song or songs that get radio play?

If the music industry had jumped on the bandwagon and offered legal downloads as soon as the MP3 technology got out there, file sharing would never have become an issue, from what I can see.
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Trina L Short: B*tch
User: trinalin
Date: 2004-05-02 05:42 (UTC)
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I agree. They shot themselves in the foot when they didn't "go with the flow." I just bought 3 albums and 1 CD full of songs that I liked from Rhapsody on Friday night. Encoded 'em as MP3s and put them on my MP3 player on Saturday as I went to and from the Lake, I had my new music to listen to. I like that convenience. I only ever buy a CD from a store when I can't buy the music through services like Rhapsody or MusicMatch.
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Gordon: Bloody Hell
User: gordon_r_d
Date: 2004-05-02 07:17 (UTC)
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Likewise, I've bought more CDs in the last three years (when I've had permanent internet access) than in the previous fifteen. There are at least a dozen CDs I've bought in the last year or so that I'd never have bought had it not been for MP3 downloads.

I'll happily pay 99p or a £1 for a good quality download. I was really happy when both War and Distinctive Records here in the UK put MP3s up for sale without any restrictions as to their use. I've bought over a dozen tracks from each. The sooner other record companies embrace the new technology rather than trying to kick it in the bollocks, the better.
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