NEWS: Music Pirates Buy 30% More Music than Non-Pirates
It’s not what you would expect from file-sharers, a.k.a. “music pirates,” but apparently according to American Assembly, those who share files illegally buy 30% more music than those who don’t share music. At first glance, it’s pretty surprising to think those who break the law and steal music pay more for music than those who don’t steal, but it makes more sense upon further review.
People who file-share in large amounts are passionate about their music, but also share a libertarian psychology. They don’t think music needs to be controlled by anyone, and it should be free for all to listen to. However, it’s more surprising that people who don’t regularly download and share illegally also don’t buy music as much. So those who don’t consume or buy as much, probably aren’t as passionate. If these non-passionate music fans were more interested, they’d probably illegally download than purchase, right? So maybe this study says less about music fans as a whole and more about what drives music piracy; passion.
Of course, we already knew this. Music pirates get a bad rap and what they do is technically illegal, it’s easy to forget they’re not bad people and simply can’t help tapping into the loopholes of the web. They love their music, and it’s the environment that’s to blame.However, it’s an awkward position for artists who connect with their fans, since a huge chunk of a diehard fan base probably doesn’t give any of their money to that band.