Average Teen Stores 842 Stolen Tracks on Their iPod

In a recent study by British Music Rights, 14- to 24-year-olds were polled as to how much stolen music they carried around on a daily basis. The finding was that almost half of said music was never purchased. 842 of the 1,770 tracks held on the average digital music player were reported as stolen-that's 48 percent.

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In addition, half of this group was happy to share all of their music, though probably more often through BitTorrent than Times Online's "hundreds, or thousands, of songs at any one time" postulation. Another point that's not quite clear is whether or not CD backups were considered to be stolen tracks. If so, these numbers become extremely tough to interpret.

Still, 80% of the music pirates said that they'd pay about £10/month for a subscription service. Now if we could only find a subscription service that offered as many tracks as the entire dark alley of the internet, we'd really have something. [Times Online]

DISCUSSION

I honestly am not sure how many of my iPod songs are pirated. I'd imagine quite a few, but I don't have an exact number. Way back when I first learned about the MP3 format (which would have been late 1996 or early 97) you had to go scouring for FTP sites that hosted a few. They were really freaking hard to come by for most people... and downloading MP3s over a 33.6k modem wasn't exactly fun. Napster came out right around the time I upgraded to a 56k modem, and I started downloading constantly. First from Napster, then from places like Bearshare or Kazaa. It took years, but I ended up with around a gig of pirated files. Then I stopped and just started ripping my own CDs and buying stuff on iTunes. I didn't bother to put (most) of my pirated stuff into my iTunes library. If you forced me to guess, I'd say under 15% of my 2000 iPod songs are pirated.

Wow, that's really long for not saying much.