Legal Music Downloads up 350%

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Technology Review
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It seems that all the complaints by RIAA about people stealing their music is not quite as they report. Latest figures from the International Federation of Phonographic Industries have physical sales for the first half of 2005 down from $13.4bn to $13.2bn.

Those figures are hiding the legal online downloads which have risen about 350 percent since 2004 where sales went from $220 million in the first half of 2004 to $790 million a year later.

Even some at the file-sharing companies admit defeat. "The music industry has won not only the online music battle, it's won the war," says Wayne Rosso, founder of the much-assailed Grokster file-sharing system, and now chairman of Mashboxx, Grokster's new owner.

So the RIAA battle is paying off.

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I reckon

If legal downloads were more affordable, like allofmp3.com (but with more assurances of legitimacy for Joe Public) then the vast majority of ordinary pirate downloads would go away. And my mp3 usage has INCREASED my purchases of CDs as I try before I buy.

Yeah. 99 cents a song is too

Yeah. 99 cents a song is too much for something I'm going to listen to a couple times.

I have 20 times more music on my hard disk than I used to have in CD format, and therefore I hear each piece 1/20th as often, so it needs to cost 1/20th of a CD price. That's about allofmp3 pricing.

So long as everyone downloads lots more (cheap) music than they would buy from a shop, the artsts will be fine

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