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    Hi there,
    My name is Steve and I am currently
    undertaking research into the effect of
    illegal (not for payment, thereby infringing copyright) downloading of MP3's on
    the music industry.
    Below is a link to my survey that I would be very grateful if
    you could complete. (The survey is totally anonymous and untraceable.)

    If you have strong opinions on these issues I am particularly keen to hear from you.
    (You may have to enable cookies to access this)

    http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=13921416234

    Thanks

    Steve Nesbitt
    MSc Information Management
    Sheffield University
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    Ah, what the hell.... i'll go for it. Yes.
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    I've done it but I don't download much
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    Yeah sure, I just hope you are not an undercover agent who's going to report me!
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    I'm totally against excessive illegal downloading. If you want to download Britney Spears, then I wouldn't feel too heart-broken for her, but buying an album from a record store (even if it's online) is a feeling that can't be replaced. Plus, if you're a true music lover, you'd realise that a lot of music just isn't available in mp3 format. So for rarities, you still have to buy the albums, no matter what.
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    Basically, I do whatever's most convenient.
    I always used to download albums - not because I'm a cheapskate, but because I know what I want on the spur of the moment, and I don't want to go out and find the album in a store. Downloading for the sake of convenience.
    However, since iTunes music store's been out, I've spent literally £hundreds online buying music. I can get stuff from there just as quickly as I can from the ftp dumps, and it comes with all the nice artwork and integrates perfectly with itunes/ipod. I have to use hymn so that I can play the tunes on my soundserver, but that's only a small hassle.

    However, there is still quite alot of stuff I want which isn't on itunes. for this reason I still have to use less legal methods
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    i download quite a bit of the net , well i used to b4 i deleted kazaa coz of the spyware and adware . it seems much more convenient than to go to a shop , browse around for the album ( living in UAE doesnt help much since im into heavy metal and progressive metal and finding those albums here are a *****)

    but yeah as someone said , the feeling after buying an album is irreplaceable
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    (Original post by steviesnes)

    Steve Nesbitt
    MSc Information Management
    Sheffield University
    For the record, and everyone's piece of mind, Mr Nesbitt is on the books at the University of Sheffield - I have consulted the address book on Sheffield's Webmail service.

    This appears genuine, and so I would encourage anyone who can offer any assistance to this student to do so.
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    I download music that is so obscure I have no chance of getting it in the shops. Even places like Amazon don't stock CDs that I'm trying to get hold of. If I could find my kind of music on the high street I would buy it happily. Also I do occasionally try before I buy on the recommendations of friends, as the artists that have been recommended are not ones I have access to. In the year and a half I have been downloading mp3s, I have bought more CDs than in the 5 years previous to that. Since last summer I have become a collector of sorts, buying every CD, record or piece of memerobilia I can get my hands on for a couple of artists, spending a great deal of money in the process. This all started because I happened to download a couple of tracks of said artists. Now that I download, the music companies are getting more money out of me than they used to.
    However, if I was interested in acquiring music sufficiently accesible to me, e.g. a song that was currently in the charts, I would buy it rather than download it.
 
 
 
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