Legal downloads outstrip pirates

Legal music downloads have outstripped pirated tracks for the first time in the UK, according to a survey by Entertainment Media Research (EMR). The EMR survey of 1,500 consumers found that 51% legally purchased digital downloads.

It’s the first time this figure outweighed the number of those who download illegally, which fell to 39% from 43% year-on-year, in the five years the survey has been produced. The shift has been attributed to both a growth in the number legal download services launched by companies including Nokia, MySpace, Play.com, Tesco and Sky.

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