Music Industry Could Consider Unlimited Download Scheme

More than three quarters of music listeners aged between 14 and 24 are unlikely to pay for a streaming music service according to a survey.

The research was carried out for UK Music by the University of Hertfordshire on a sample of 1808 people. The results could spell gloom and doom on services such as Napster and Spotify who are betting that a significant amount of their users will be moving to paid for music services.

Around half of those questioned who said tha they would pay for unlimited streaming also stressed that they would not be giving up P2P websites.

Amongst the reasons given are the fact that music is "free" on P2P, it is an excellent way trying before buying and it is an irreplaceable way of getting rare tunes.

That said, 85 percent of those file sharers said that they would gladly pay for an unlimited MP3 download service although even those, like Datz, have yet to be widely recognised.

Overall, illegal music file sharing dropped by 2 percent to 61 percent year on year. The popularity of MP3 continues to soar as more than two thirds of respondents say that they listen to this music format. This compares well with the 15 percent which listen to CDs daily.

Ownership of music is still an important concept with nearly 90 percent saying that they want to own their tracks (rather than get them cocooned in DRM solutions).

The report also highlights that the average PC contains roughly 8100 tracks while the average mobile phone has only 32 and one MP3 player, 1289 tracks.