Average teenager steals 800 songs

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A survey by the music lobby group British Music Rights showsthat 95 per cent of teenagers and young people copy music in some way, withhalf the average 1770 tracks on an MP3 player being stolen.

The researchers found that 58 per cent of those surveyedhave copied music from a friend's hard drive to their own, 63 per cent downloadmusic using P2P file sharing networks, and 42 per cent allow P2P users toupload from their own computers.

However, 60 per cent of respondents said they would carry onbuying CDs, and the survey states that 80 per cent of current P2P users would beinterested in a legal file-sharing service, and would even be willing to payfor it.

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Feargal Sharkey, BMR's chief executive and ex-lead singer ofpunk band The Undertones, said: "The music industry should draw great optimismfrom this groundbreaking survey. First and foremost, it is quite clear thatthis young and tech-savvy demographic is as crazy about and engaged with musicas any previous generation.

"Contrary to popular belief, they are also prepared to payfor it too. But only if offered the services they want," he added.

TechRadar has contacted the British Phonographic Industry forcomment, and is currently awaiting a response.

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