File Swappers Moving Away From P2P

A recent survey by the Pew Internet & American Life Project shows file swappers are increasingly moving away from peer-to-peer networks to swap music and movies. 48 percent of downloaders have used sources such as someone else's MP3 player, e-mail, instant messaging and Web logs to trade files.

The survey, which involved 1,421 adult Internet users and was conducted earlier this year, also found that the number of music downloaders that have tried paid services such as iTunes has jumped from 24 percent to 43 percent. Pew Internet additionally reports that 53 percent of Internet users believe P2P networks should be held responsible for illicit file sharing. Only 18 percent believe users are culpable.

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