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I saw an interesting story on CBS news last night about illegal downloading music some of the numbers were interesting.

 

(CBS) They used to be the music industry's best customers. Now they're its biggest pirates: college kids.

 

Instead of buying songs for 99 cents each, legally, on sites like iTunes, the Internet has given them instant access to free music.

 

"It seems so easy that it's almost not like stealing," a University of Southern California student named Paul told CBS News business correspondent Anthony Mason.

 

Mason asked college students if they illegally download all of their music.

 

"Not all of it," a student named Brianna told him.

 

But they do download most of it, according to some USC students — even though the recording industry has sent threatening letters here. Do the letters scare them?

 

"No matter what they do, it's never gonna stop completely," Paul said.

 

A real-time readout of illegal downloads puts the problem in perspective.

 

Downloaders go by in the hundreds per second — requests for Buddy Holly, Miles Davis, Avril Lavigne and many others.

 

These are big numbers.

 

"They're terrifying numbers for the recording industry," said Eric Garland, the head of bihchampagne.com. a research group that tracks illegal traffic.

 

Today alone, reports Mason, Bruce Springsteen's "Born to Run" was downloaded illegally more than 137,000 times.

 

For every song that is downloaded legally, how many are downloaded illegally?

 

"At least, very conservatively, at least 20," Garland said.

 

That’s right, 20 to one. It took iTunes five years to sell 2 billion songs. But there are 1 billion illegal downloads every month.

 

"The world now, more often than not, gets its music for free, gets its music online and gets its music without permission," Garland said. "That's broken. That is not a marketplace."

 

And if the music industry can't find a solution, it's looking more and more like the song is over.

 

 

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For every song that is downloaded legally, how many are downloaded illegally?

 

"At least, very conservatively, at least 20," Garland said.

 

That's right, 20 to one. It took iTunes five years to sell 2 billion songs. But there are 1 billion illegal downloads every month.

1 billion illegal downloads every month? Using their quoted ratio of 20 illegal downloads for every 1 legal download, that translates to about 48M legal download every month!

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1 billion illegal downloads every month? Using their quoted ratio of 20 illegal downloads for every 1 legal download, that translates to about 48M legal download every month!

At that rate the government will have to supliment the income of all the nations musicians. :blink:

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Years back when they were moaning about people recording music from the radio onto cassette tape, the Brit version of the RIAA got the government to slap a one penny (two cent) surcharge on every cassette sold, payable to them (and they STILL get that) - what's the betting we'll see a similar surcharge going on to optical discs?

 

"If we can't stop you copying - we'll make you pay for it anyway"

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Years back when they were moaning about people recording music from the radio onto cassette tape, the Brit version of the RIAA got the government to slap a one penny (two cent) surcharge on every cassette sold, payable to them (and they STILL get that) - what's the betting we'll see a similar surcharge going on to optical discs?

 

"If we can't stop you copying - we'll make you pay for it anyway"

What do the internet radio stations have to do for the royalty? I'm sure it doesn't work the same way as the local radio stations. How hard is it to record from the internet ---assuming the quality is up to your liking?

When I was a kid we recorded from AM radio to cassette and we thought we were high tech then. :D

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Years back when they were moaning about people recording music from the radio onto cassette tape, the Brit version of the RIAA got the government to slap a one penny (two cent) surcharge on every cassette sold, payable to them (and they STILL get that) - what's the betting we'll see a similar surcharge going on to optical discs?

 

"If we can't stop you copying - we'll make you pay for it anyway"

 

We do have a levy system in Canada on CD's, DVD's, and Tapes;

I work for a company that supplies our own audio content on burned cd's and online

and we have to apply every year to have the levy removed and the paperwork is not easy.

don't be surprised if other nations get the same idea and start this as well.

 

Cheers

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