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Teens' iPod Contains 800 Pirated Sound Tracks

Teenagers, Students and generally music addicts that are a bit skint and short on cash have on average 800 illegally copied songs on their iPods according to a survey carried out by the University of Hertfordshire.

The results would only serve to confirm the fears of anti-piracy organisations like the RIAA and the BPI but it would be unfair to dismiss teenagers and young adults as a lost generation of pirates as only half of 14 to 24 year old would share all the music on their hard disk drive at any time.

The research, the largest ever carried out on music ownership amongst people born after the audio CD became mainstream, showed that the average digital music player contained 842 illegal music tracks.

On the other hand, this amounts for less than half of the song collection the average user owns - which stands at 1770 - and with an average of 79p per track, this still amounts for more than £700 spent per person.

The British Music Rights, which represents composers, songwriters and publishers, commissioned the survey which also showed that 90 percent of the respondents had a digital audio player - either in the form of a separate device or embedded in a mobile phone.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.