Pirates Buy More Music Than Non-Filesharing Peers

Research group Demos surveyed over a thousand British people between the ages of 16 and 50 and found that one in ten people admitted to filesharing. However, those that download music illegally spent an average of £77 (around $126) on music each year. Those who say they don't use p2p sites spend an average of £44 (around $72).

The BBC reports that, of the 16-24 year-olds surveyed, 75 percent of them were willing to pay for their tracks if the price was right. The group agreed that a price of 45p (roughly 75c) would be ideal.

Do you think this is an accurate representation of those who use peer to peer services like the Pirate Bay? Indeed, an awful lot of people download their music illegally but if these results are to be believed, then these folk also purchase a significant amount of music each year. Many of you have said in the past that you'll download a track and if you like it, pay for it out of respect for the artist. Then again, a lot of you seem to think record labels make too much money off of the artists they sign and refuse to contribute to that kind of business model.

Do you purchase or pirate your music? Let us know in the comments below!

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  • If I like something that I've downloaded. I usually go out and buy it later. The retail version is usually better quality.
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  • There you go, pirates actually help!
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  • Let's be honest, downloading music via services like iTunes wouldn't have existed if it weren't for pirates. I may have downloaded music via "pirate sites" several years ago when the likes of Kazaa were doing the rounds. These days I pretty much always buy my music on iTunes. I'm happy to spend 99p on a DRM free single or £7.99 for a DRM free album via iTunes. In fact, I buy more singles now than I ever did as a teenager.
    For me its always been about availability and quality. MP3s or their equivalents are pretty much the same via pirate sites as they are via online stores. When it comes to Films, I'm happy to spend the money on a Bluray for the quality or wait for it to appear on the HD movie channels.
    However, as far as TV shows go, the pirates are way ahead of the game compared to commercial releases. Most TV shows take months to reach the UK after being shown in the US. A lot of them aren't even broadcast in HD. If a service such as iTunes offered TV shows to download in all English speaking countries as soon as they've aired in the US and would offer them in 720p for tops 49p per episode then we'd be talking.
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  • There you go, pirates actually help!
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  • If I like something that I've downloaded. I usually go out and buy it later. The retail version is usually better quality.
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  • the frame of mind these days i guess is they will download an album of a band and if they like it then they believe the artists deserves there money. not like back in days where you buy a CD and not being able to listen to all the tracks on it and then end up spending 20 bucks for a cd with 1 or 2 good songs on it
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