File-sharing PC users purchase more music than non-sharing counterparts, according to a study.
The research, presented on Columbia University’s American Assembly, found that US file-sharers have larger music collections than anyone else. However, the data also showed that file-sharers buy 30 percent more music, legally, than anyone else.
“U.S. P2P users have larger collections than non-P2P users (roughly 37% more). And predictably, most of the difference comes from higher levels of ‘downloading for free’ and ‘copying from friends/family’,” American Assembly’s Joe Karaganis wrote.
“But some of it also comes from significantly higher legal purchases of digital music than their non-P2P using peers–around 30% higher among US P2P users. Our data is quite clear on this point and lines up with numerous other studies: The biggest music pirates are also the biggest spenders on recorded music.”