Where does the music come from?
May 2, 2006
I disagree with that thesis. Most people, I think, have a legacy collection of CDs (and vinyl, perhaps) that makes up the vast majority of their digital music collection. Perhaps they're adding to it using the collections of friends (filesharing of a sort) but I don't think that most iPod purchasers are heavy users of the illegal networks.
So here's my point: a majority of music being played on iPods today has been bought. And yes, digital downloads are a tiny proportion of the music on digital players today: but they won't be so insignificant tomorrow.
Over the course of time, and for a variety of reasons, downloads are likely to overtake physical sales.
I've no doubt that the money I've spent on CDs far outweighs the money I've spent on hi-fi equipment. And that pattern is likely to be true for the digital age, even if it's not there yet."