Following a recent UK survey, it seems that iPod users are breaking the law- copyright law that is and on a grand scale by illegally downloading songs, according to a story in gizmodo.
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The survey commissioned by the British Music Rights (BMR), the umbrella organisation for over 50,000 British music creators and publishers, has found that “on average each iPod in the country contains some 842 illegal songs”.
The music survey was carried out by the University of Hertfordshire and gathered responses from 1,200 people aged between 14-24.
And alongside the iPod pirated tracks, the survey also found that:
* 90% of respondents own an MP3 player
* 58% have copied music from a friend’s hard drive to their own
* 95% admit to copying music in some form
* 63% have downloaded music from P2P networks and 42% have uploaded to them
* 80% of those who use a P2P network would be interested in a subscription service and would pay for it
* 60% continue to buy music on CDs
Surprisingly, with all the recent industry and media hype over illegal song downloads, in Australia, no such similar study has been done and according to the Music Industry Piracy Association (MIPI), the exact number of illegal songs on an Australian iPod is currently unknown.