Pirates buy 30% more Music!

Solche Studien gab's schon, aber soweit ich weiß, noch keine so detailierte: Ein Ableger der Uni Columbia hat Filesharer zu ihrem Kaufverhalten befragt und heraus kam, dass P2P-User 30% mehr Musik kaufen, als Nicht-Filesharer. Und zwar in den USA. In Deutschland, und da bin ich ausnahmweise wirklich ein bisschen stolz drauf, belaufen sich die Zahlen auf sagenhafte 300%. Was ja nun auch keine Überraschung sein sollte: Musik-Fanatics besorgen sich eben mehr Musik auf allen Kanälen, während Musik-Egalfinder eben drauf scheißen und sich höchstens mal zu Weihnachten 'nen Sampler schenken lassen. 300%! Eat this, Regener!

Today the American Assembly, a non-partisan public policy forum affiliated with Columbia University, published a teaser of its forthcoming Copy Culture Survey. The study is based on thousands of telephone interviews conducted in the United States and Germany and provides a unique insight into the sharing habits in the two countries. […]

“US P2P users have larger collections than non-P2P users (roughly 37% more). And predictably, most of the difference comes from higher levels of ‘downloading for free’ and ‘copying from friends/family’,” American Assembly’s Joe Karaganis writes.

“But some of it also comes from significantly higher legal purchases of digital music than their non-P2P using peers–around 30% higher among US P2P users. Our data is quite clear on this point and lines up with numerous other studies: The biggest music pirates are also the biggest spenders on recorded music.”

The graph above shows that in Germany the results are even more pronounced. P2P users there buy nearly three times more digital music than their non-P2P using peers. However, the number of P2P file-sharers in the German sample is too low to be statistically reliable so these results should be interpreted with reservations.

File-Sharers Buy 30% More Music Than Non-P2P Peers