Users of illegal P2P file sharing services spend more on music than those who do not access pirated content, according to a study carried out in the UK.
The research by Ipsos on behalf of the Demos think tank found that of those surveyed who admitted using illegal file sharing surveys spent an average of US $126 per year on legal digital and hard-copy sources of music. Those claiming not to use such services notched up a meagre $54 in annual music spend.
Nine in ten illegal file sharers supplement this activity with the use of a legitimate online music service. Interest in a monthly subscription based music download service was found to be strong with the optimum cost estimated at $8 per month.
Two thirds of those accessing music files illegally also use P2P services to source video games, movies and software.
A number of legitimate online music sources are now available in the Middle East including ADMC’s Getmo Arabia portal and the Nokia music store in the UAE.