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Title: Measuring the Effect of Music Downloads on Music Purchases
Author: Alejandro Zentner [University of Texas at Dallas]


Year: 2005


Subject/Type: Piracy
Focus: Music
Country/Territory: France, Germany, International, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom
Objective: To obtain estimates of the impact of online file sharing on music purchases.
Sample: 15.133 consumers from 7 European countries, aged 16+
Methodology: Mail survey

Main Findings

Illegal music downloading was found to decrease the probability of buying music by 30%. According to the author’s calculations, without downloads, music sales in 2002 would have been around 7.8% higher.

[Date Added: Jan 20, 2009 ]