17 Oct Young People Aged 18 to 29 Are More Likely to Legally Purchase Digital Music Than Other Age Groups
Young Consumers Legally Purchase More Digital Music Than Anyone, Study ShowsBy Glenn Peoples
October 16, 2012
A preview of an upcoming study by the American Assembly at Columbia University aims to highlight a generational divide in attitudes toward sharing music — but ends up showing much more.
You can view the study’s findings through one of three lenses:
1. 1. The “Observance of Generational Differences” Lens,
2. The “File Sharers Buy More Music Than Non-File Sharers” Lens, or
3. The “Did Anybody Else Notice That Young Consumers Buy More Music Than Older Consumers?” Lens.
With an aim toward shaping public policy, the American Assembly has noted generational differences in attitudes toward file sharing. The average person in the 18-to-29-year-old age group had 813 files that were downloaded for free and copied from friends or family. That was more than double the 298 copied or traded files of the average 30 to 49-year-old. In each age group, about the same number were copied as downloaded for free.
Here’s where the public policy comes in. The post argues the prevalence in copying has greater implications because “current internet-based enforcement proposals, whether directed against P2P users or cyberlocker sites, do nothing to deter such copying-in fact they’re likely to increase it as people shift toward less exposed forms of exchange.”