This Just In: CD's Still Relevant

Published: 2004-12-08
Jupiterresearch of Darien, Connecticut has announced their findings from a study they compiled on the way in which people choose to get their music nowadays, and the results may surprise you. With all the recent talk of illegal downloading and new pay-for-download services one might think that the CD would be going the way of the cassette tape. Not so says Jupiterresearch. Their survey turned up two key findings: CD's won't be replaced by digital music within the next five years and download subscription services will eventually outpace pay-per-song or album download services.

These results were based on a survey of 2, 300 online adults as well as 2,100 online teens age 13-17. The survey further revealed that even by 2009 digital music sales will represent just 12% of consumer music spending. 51% of online adults value physical music over digital. In addition, 41% of 18-24 year olds burn CD's and 31% use file sharing, but those numbers drop to 14% and 4% for those over 25.

Writer: Joe Henley



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