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Major Music Industry Survey Reveals Stats On Music Use & Legalities
A major survey compiled from 200 music business professionals at all levels who responded to a set of 30 questions on their use of music technology, purchases of CDs and online music, downloading & CD burning habits as well as the need for legislation changes to better serve music consumers has just been released with surprising results. The survey, titled "Music--The Business, Law & Technology Report" was taken at the 6th AustralAsian Music Business Conference August 14-16 and the results compiled by IMMEDIA!--leading music industry service company and publisher of the AustralAsian Music Industry Directory.
Of the 200 professionals responding who anonymously answered the questions on the paper survey--from 600 attendees of the three day music industry conference--42% were musicians or songwriters, 16% were artist or band managers, 14% music business students, 6% record company staff, 6% music media, with 14% falling in the ëother' category including music publishers, agents, lawyers, producers, engineers and copyright association staff.
Some sample results from music professionals' technology use include:
1. Of the 76% who play music through their computers-47% listen to CDs, 19% to MP3s, 10% via streaming media websites including online radio and 24% listen to all the above.
2. 77% have a CD burner, 11% use someone else's and only 5% have never used one.
3. Even though it's illegal in Australia, 48% burn music from their own purchased CDs, 21% from borrowed CDs, 6% from downloaded songs while 25% burn CDs from all the above.
4. In the past year, 47% burned fewer than 5 CDs, 25% 5-10 CDs, 14% 10-20 CDs, 7% 20-50 CDs, 3% 50-100 CDs & 4% of music professionals burned more than 100 or more a year.
5. Of 45% who download music, 50% take free music only, 18% pay for it, 31% do both.
Purchasing of CDs and music/DVD/vinyl ownership habits were also polled:
1. 25 % purchased 10-20 CDs this year, 24% 0-5 CDs, 21% 20-50 CDs & 4% over 100 CDs.
2. Only 14% had purchased CDs online this year. Top sites are Chaos, Amazon & HMV.
3. CD ownership was high-32% had 200-500CDs, 24% 100-200CDs, 16% owned 50-100 while 8% had collected 500-1000 and 8% admitted to owning more than 1000 CDs.
4. DVD ownership is not as high-32% had 0-5 DVDs, 25% had 10-20 & only 6% had 50+.
5. Vinyl owners numbers 68% and 24% of those had 100-500LPs, 26% less than 20 LPs.
6. Surprising result-21% sample music via P2P before buying, 33% do not.Ý
But the attitudes of music industry pros toward CD burning, file sharing and copying your own music CD elicited a response that ARIA & record companies probably don't want to hear. It's time to change the law to allow consumers to copy their own music they say!
1. 55% considered it an inequity that it's against the law to make a copy of your own bought CDs, make a personal use compilation (CD or tape) or copying them to a digital device.
2. A whopping 81% believe the Copyright Act should be changed to allow personal copying of purchased CDs (but not other peoples borrowed or downloaded music).
3. 57% considered burning CDs stealing from artists, 29% from labels and 14% did not.
4. 48% regarded downloading free music theft from artists, 25% from labels, 27% did not.
5. Yet 54% admitted they illegally copied computer software. 26% copied games illegally.