Survey: U.S. P2P Users Buy 30% More Music Than Non-Users

Posted in Apple News, Miscellaneous on 21/01/2013 by Chris Hauk


Columbia University’s American Assembly research center has released a Google-commissioned survey (PDF ) on file sharing and copyright enforcement.



The survey gathered public opinions to gain insight into how consumers get content and what their opinions are toward copyright enforcement, and the results chiefly indicated that Americans do not support the use of bandwidth throttling and disconnection as fair punishments for unauthorized file sharing. Interestingly, though, 41 percent of U.S. P2P users support at least some type of penalty for unauthorized downloading.

Notably, the survey finds that U.S. peer-to-peer file-sharing users tend to purchase 30% music than non-file-sharing users. Results such as this would be of interest to Google, as it now offers the Google Play Music service and backs the open Internet cause.


Chris Hauk

MacTrast Senior Editor, and self-described "magnificent bastard," Chris Hauk owns Phoenix Rising Services and writes for everyone's favorite "bad movie" website, Big Bad Drive-In.

His first Apple product was an iPod Classic 9 years ago, and he has since added a MacBook Pro, a number of iPads, iPhones, and multiple Apple TVs to his collection.

He lives somewhere in the deep Southern part of America. Yes, he has to pump in both sunshine and the Internet.