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Illegal Downloader’s of Music Also Happen to Spend Most on Music, Says Survey

A recent study has revealed that people who admit to have illegally downloaded music also happen to be amongst those who spend the highest on music.

The study was based on a poll commissioned by the think tank Demos and it found that people who have downloaded music illegally spent nearly £77 a year on music which apparently was £33 more than those who claimed to have never downloaded music files illegally.

The findings of the survey seem to suggest that government plans, based on the recommendation of music industry to disconnect persistent file sharers may backfire on the music industry.

Expressing his views on the subject, Peter Bradwell from Demos mentioned “The latest approach from the Government will not help prop up an ailing music industry. Politicians and music companies need to recognise that the nature of music consumption has changed, and consumers are demanding lower prices and easier access,"

Many analysts believe that it is way better for the music industry to come up with a business format through which music could be accessed online at relatively cost effective rates or even free with ad-support as this will do more to curb the menace of illegal music downloads than threats of prosecution.

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 ITProPortal.com 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.