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Teens shift from file sharing to music streaming

By Jos · 15 replies
Jul 13, 2009
  1. Illegal file-sharing has fallen dramatically in the past months, according to media and technology researchers at Music Ally and The Leading Question. The drop is particularly significant among teens in the 14-18 age group, where illegal file-sharing has declined from 42 percent in December of 2007 to 26 percent this January. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that they are turning to iTunes or any other a-la-carte music service en masse.

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  2. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,481   +44

    Nice find. I can see this happening over the big pond, not here in the U.S though. How many articles have been post here on TS about lawsuits on the Eastern part of the world, many I guess, its safer for them. I have no problems with file sharing personally. I also agree and like the thought of streaming music could be more beneficial than lawsuits and government scare tactics.
  3. Twister123

    Twister123 TS Rookie Posts: 219

    it sad but true , to read , "its safer for them" but mabe the kids want to see the "new video" as much as hear the music ,and it surprising the amount of music on utube, all kinds , and of course the latest one
  4. Plus if it's high quality, I can still download it and have it as an MP3 or whatever without the dammed RIAA knowing.

    The RIAA are terrorists, why? Because they don't actually make a huge amount of money from the large majority of their lawsuits, but it also puts enough fear of legal reprisals into some people to not file share. Therefore they are using terror to control the actions of people, and that's just not cricket!

    And before any one states that file sharing is illegal, I already know that. The music indusry should have stopped being a dinosaur and evolved into a mamal instead of fighting tooth and claw to keep it's scales (or in this case seling overpriced corporate hell pop cd's).
  5. gobbybobby

    gobbybobby TS Guru Posts: 549   +9

    I have gone a week without downloading anything illegally! Been using spotify for music. It won't last. I want photoshop and don't want to have to pay £953.35 RIP OFF.
  6. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,119   +121

    I just use playlist.com

    It's free, I have hours of music on my playlists, and I love it.
  7. windmill007

    windmill007 TS Rookie Posts: 308

    Ya we need something like this in the USA and make it have a mobile app for your blackberry and iphone. Also would be cool if you could download it to mp3 players somehow. Then no one would need file sharing services
  8. peacefulchaos

    peacefulchaos TS Rookie Posts: 44

    YouTube's quality for most music is horrible IMHO. I stick with Pandora for my music listening needs and good 'ol cds I've bought and ripped. With the legal battles I've heard about lately, it's not really worth it to me to pirate.
  9. peacefulchaos

    peacefulchaos TS Rookie Posts: 44

    I would watch how you spell that next time. :p
  10. The last 18 months maybe, I've just been lazily using YouTube as a sort of poor man's music player, rather than go to the bother of downloading *cough* music. I often find myself just using YouTube rather than opening foobar2000, even for music I already have on my PC.

    I think the biggest threat to the RIAA isn't even so much piracy, as the fact that music doesn't seem to be as big a deal as it once was. Same deal for the MPAA. Back in the 90's when I was a teenager, PCs weren't very exciting, there was no mainstream Internet until the end of the decade, and when it did arrive in the average household, it really was pretty basic (no web 2.0, streaming media, social networking sites, etc.). Kids used to hang out after school in each others' living rooms listening to CDs or watching MTV. The 00's generation spend their free time on Facebook, Twitter, MSN, Stickam, YouTube, and so on. Music has been reduced to background noise.
  11. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,633   +694

    "Music has been reduced to background noise." Agreed...

    And it doesn't help that most music these days is absolute crap. Coldplay? Puh-lease - that's elevator music. Disturbed? Every album sounds exactly the same. Beyonce? You could mix her music with ten other "Pop Diva's" and couldn't tell the difference between one song from the next.

    I'm anxiously awaiting the next Kurt Cobain to show up, break the current music stagnation and bring us some good tunes.
  12. Twister123

    Twister123 TS Rookie Posts: 219

    what youtube ! whats the diff!
  13. peacefulchaos

    peacefulchaos TS Rookie Posts: 44

    There is a big difference is where the sites take you. Just saying.
  14. EXCellR8

    EXCellR8 The Conservative Posts: 1,835

    Maybe you should go dig up your old Nirvana casettes then, 'cause all that stuff you listed is a terrible representation of today's music, it's all mainstream. If you want to find the good stuff you gotta go underground.

    As for downloading, the Blogs got me covered :)
  15. TorturedChaos

    TorturedChaos TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 838   +28

    I listen to Pandora Radio all day at work. You can't pick specific songs, but I have found a lot of new songs I like, and have several station adjusted to play music I like, just play whatever station matches my mood that day. Although, I have download several new songs I came across on Pandora :p

    Also I believe you can get them on your iPhone or Blackberry.
  16. Bull* on the bluetooth sharing. Bluetooth is too slow for 5 meg files. It's easier to just trade memory cards and dump to onboard memory to swap music or more often random sound files.
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