A quarter of urbanites have downloaded pirate music recently a poll of Metro readers has found. Almost half of the 18 to 44-year-olds who took part in the survey said they downloaded tunes. While 37 percent said they had downloaded legal tracks, 25 percent admitted to downloading illegally in the past six months.
iTunes was the most popular music site, favoured by more than 50 percent of downloaders, followed by LimeWire (30 percent) and MySpace (17 percent).
Last year, illegally swapping music on the Internet cost the British music industry about £414million.
Record labels say they are suffering because the sort of people who download would otherwise be expected to spend the most on music.
But it is hoped that the rise of free, legal music sites will see pirate downloads decline.
SpiralFrog, due to arrive in Britain early next year, will offer downloaders free tracks from the EMI and Universal labels.
The ‘catch’ is that they will have to sit through online adverts while downloading tunes. A third of people said downloading gave them most of their music.
While 91 percent of people downloaded from home, a brave eight percent did so at work.
The poll of Metro’s panel of 4,000 readers also found that 73 percent owned an mp3 player, 23 percent owned a DAB radio and 47 percent had a widescreen TV.
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