Study says Internet music sharing helps, does not hurt industry - [04/05/2002] - Hindustantimes.com
Last month, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry said worldwide sales of albums fell last year for the first time since CDs were introduced into shops in the early 1980s, and blamed illegal piracy for the decline.
The Jupiter study found that while Internet file-swapping may deter some purchases, on balance the effect is not damaging to the industry.
"File sharing has a polarizing effect on music spending, spurring increases among some users and decreases among others," said the report by Jupiter analyst Aram Sinnreich.
"However, the boost outweighs the bust. Experienced file sharers were 75 percent more likely than the average online music fan to have increased their music spending levels."
Wilco turned up very high in the charts after making their album available online.
Now I want a survey about the effect of 'protected' CDs on sales.