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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > 2/3 of Subscribers Pay for Downloaded Content

2/3 of Subscribers Pay for Downloaded Content

2/3 of Subscribers Pay for Downloaded Content

Added: Wednesday, January 5th, 2011
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Right To Share
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
Pew Research Center revealed the results of its recent survey, saying that almost 2/3 of Internet users have paid to download or access online content – from films to articles.


Everyone is tired of listening to copyright owners insisting that unauthorized downloading is making it impossible to sell material on the Internet. However, a recent survey carried out by the Pew Research Center appears to suggest the opposite: they found out that a major part of Internet subscribers have paid for online creative works. Although the range of available paid online content is varied, music and software are said to be the most popular material the subscribers have paid to download.

Pew Research Center surveyed 755 Internet subscribers, asking them if they have paid to download fifteen different kinds of online content. The results revealed that 1/3 of the respondents have paid for digital music and software, while around 1/5 have paid for games, 1/6 – for movies or TV shows, 1/10 – for e-books and only 2% have admitted to pay for adult content. In addition, 6% have mentioned that they paid for content which was not included in the 15 categories offered.

As for the amount of money paid, it was around $50 a month, but the average amount was skewed by some high end users, while most of the respondents spent about $10 each month. A majority (1/4) said they paid for subscription services, 1/6 – for downloading individual files, and only 8% paid for streaming. All in all, the research center is sure that their report proves that consumers are willing to pay for online content, saying that the web has long ago become a viable distribution channel for different online content, particularly in the era of broadband. About 2/3 of American adults now have home broadband connections, enabling them to reach movies, apps, music, and many more. Therefore, more commercial organizations are considering the web as a new business model for selling digital content.

The group also revealed that users between the ages of 30-49 tend to purchase the most kinds of content, while the age group of 18-29 is the most likely to pay for music.

Although the report doesn’t delve into unauthorized file-sharing and ratios between authorized and unauthorized material consumption, it still proves that Internet users are ready and willing to pay for digital content, which rights owners for some reason stubbornly refuse to admit.

January 5th ,2011

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Date:  Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

Comments (5) (please add your comment »)

posted by Blocked (2011-01-05 14:35:42)
4uckAuthority avatarthey refuse to admit it cause people are less willing to pay what they are asking for. why pay $20 for a 20 s0ng album that we only like one song...i'd rather pay $1 for the 1 song that interests me and say... i appreciate it but, i'd rather spend my other $19 somewhere else. they sell songs in bulk in order to get a bulk payment...why not have artists work less and get paid more...e.g they make a song offer it, and if people don't like it, then move in a different direction and make something they will like.

posted by Blocked (2011-01-05 14:39:07)
4uckAuthority avatarand people will disagree with my statement saying "itunes does it"....but itunes won't let you listen to the music u pay for outside of certain devices. i would pay $1 for a song a really dug...if i could listen to it outside of my ipod

posted by Blocked (2011-01-05 14:41:52)
4uckAuthority avataroh...and sorry about the triple post...but everything else in the world goes to the "lowest bidder" why should it be any different as far as file sharing goes...all of our governments should know about that...right?..lol

posted by (2011-01-06 19:16:35)
No avatarLOL
Am I the only one capable of basics math.
1/6 – for movies or TV shows, 1/10 – for e-books and only 2% have admitted to pay for adult content.

That means 5/6 DO NOT pay.

"proves that Internet users are ready and willing to pay for digital content"


posted by (2011-01-07 00:02:46)
carlbandit avatar1/3 of the 755 asked have paid for music or software - 261
1/5 of the 755 asked have paid for games - 151
1/6 of the 755 asked have paid for movies or tv shows - 125
1/10 of the 755 asked have paid for e-books - 75
2% have admited to pay for porn - 15
6% have downloaded other content - 45

Thats a total of 672, while that is over 2/3 you have to remember some people may fall into more than 1 category if they have downloaded a movie and a ebook for example

hope that helps clear it up a bit :)

Thanks sam

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