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UK Music CDs Still More Popular than Broadband MP3 Downloads

Posted: 17th Jul, 2009 By: MarkJ
Consumer research organisation The Leading Question, a sister company to Music Ally, has revealed in a new survey of 1,000 people that most UK music fans (73%) are still happier buying a CD than downloading. Even amongst teenagers the figure remains high, standing at a strong 66%. Likewise twice as many fans listen to CDs every day (59%) compared with MP3s (32%).

Those who are paying for a digital music subscription service (such as Napster or Musicstation) [ALSO] spend more on CDs each month than most music fans (£16.87 per month compared to £11.37). Meanwhile music streamers (ie those who listen to streamed music on their computers every day) also spend more on CDs (£12.17 a month) and downloads (£7.02 per month compared with a survey average of £3.81) than most music fans.

We wouldn't be surprised if part of this was because it is now very easy to convert CDs into music files, which is especially attractive when the cost of an entire album online can be quite expensive. Certainly some sites, such as Amazon, do have cheaper deals but that doesn't apply to their entire catalogue; shop CD sales are often a better deal.
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