37 Million Americans Trade Music Files

By Robert Menta- 4/26/01

According to a study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project, downloading MP3 files is the fastest growing Internet activity over the past half-year. Between July-August 2000 and February 2001, over 30 million Americans have gathered their music this way.

In the study 29% of adult Internet users say they have downloaded music, up from 22% in a study completed July of 2000. Over half (51%) of Net users between ages the 18 and 29 have downloaded music files.

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The number of user between the ages of 30 and 49 trading files also increased, doubling over this time. As for Internet users over 50, Fifteen percent said they have downloaded digital music, up from 9 percent in the July report. This corroborates recent data released by Forrester Research that confirmed music downloading is not the exclusive past time of teens and the college crowd.

What has helped spur this growth? Not surprising, the study correlated the results directly to the Napster trial, which thrust the debate over file trading onto the front pages of the nation's newspapers. "The level of sharing and downloading closely tracked the court case," said project director Lee Rainie

The full report is available on the Pew Internet and American Life Project website at http://www.pewinternet.org/reports/toc.asp?Report=33.

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