Despite the massive amount of music that is illegally downloaded, Americans are still actually purchasing a lot of their music.
According to Ethan Smith, writing on the Wall Street Journal Blog: “The U.S. may not be the land of the free, after all — at least not of free music. Americans bought twice as many albums in the first half of the year as they downloaded illegally through BitTorrent, according to a new report from research firm musicmetric. When it comes to individual songs, the discrepancy is even more stark: Americans paid for nearly 33 times as many songs as they pirated using BitTorrent — a popular way to distribute and download music and other media for free. Americans downloaded 75.6 million albums from BitTorrent from January to June, the London-based company said. That compares with 150.5 million CDs and album downloads sold in the U.S. during the same period, according to Nielsen SoundScan.”
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