A study commissioned by the Canadian Recording Industry Association has been made public, and Michael Geist has found some interesting facts on it. Apparently, those who download the most are those who buy the most music. We already knew this, but it is nice to see more hard evidence for the fact. The study has a breakdown of the source of music on people’s hard drives (this does not include other music people may have). The sources are:
- Ripped from own CDs (36.4%)
- P2P downloads (32.6%)
- “Legal” downloads (20.1%)
- Shared from friends (8.8%)
- Downloads from artist’s sites(5.6%)
- Other sources (2.9%)
Quite a damning report in my opinion. More evidence to show that P2P will not bring the music industry to its knees.