The State of Music Downloading and File-Sharing Online

The Project’s national phone survey of 1,371 adult Internet users conducted
between February 3 and March 1, 2004 shows that 14% of online Americans say
that at one time in their online lives they downloaded music files, but now
they no longer do any downloading. That represents more than 17 million
people. However, the number of people who say they download music files
increased from an estimated 18 million to 23 million since the Project’s
November-December 2003 survey. This increase is likely due to the combined
effects of many people adopting new, paid download services and, in some
cases, switching to lower-profile peer-to-peer file sharing applications. —The State of Music Downloading and File-Sharing Online (Pew Internet & American Life Project)

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