Results of Guardian digital music survey

Some of the results of the Guardian digital music survey that I reported earlier were published on Friday.
Unfortunately these results don’t add much to the sophistication of anyone’s understanding. Basically they say that people are still wary of downloading, but that more people are paying for downloads than a year ago (which everyone already knew from sales figures). And broadband will make downloading more attractive.
The survey is a missed opportunity in concentrating on short-term trends focused exclusively on downloads. It ignored longer-term shifts in the broad picture of how people learn about music, including streaming, live events and intermediaries other than download and file-sharing sites. My original posting gives a more extended critique of these points.

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