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Internet pirates are always portrayed as parasitic freeloaders responsible for countless instances of DRM, the "death" of PC gaming, ISP bandwidth caps and more, but according to one industry veteran, that's entirely unfair.
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While employed by EMI (one of the world's largest music labels and an RIAA member), Merrill supposedly profiled LimeWire users and discovered that they were actually some of the biggest spenders on iTunes.
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Don't believe it. The end.
 
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I don't care about limewire or itunes...but based on my personal experience, pirates spend more on media than non-pirates.
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I don't care about limewire or itunes...but based on my personal experience, pirates spend more on media than non-pirates.
Yeah...storage media.
 
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Commentary/opinion of this guy is illogical. The jump is made that limewire users were essentially practicing "try before you buy," and then ended up spending money on itunes, which attempts to lend validity to illegal file-acquiring. Well it just so happens that itunes has a nice 30-60 second preview/sample for all of their songs. So it completely invalidates the hokey argument that people were simply practicing "try before you buy" via limewire. You could just as easily "try before you buy" via itunes. A 30-60 second clip of a song should be more than enough to convince you to buy/not buy it.

Disagreements with the recording industry aside, there's no way you can logically argue that under current laws, illegal file sharing cannot be deemed "wrong" in terms of the law, regardless of the reason it's done.
    
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When they start offering downloads in 96kHz/24bit lossless formats, mastered by people with half a brain, then I will pay for them.
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Yeah...storage media.
I've been seeing more and more of these studies of late. I know several people that download items to see if they're enjoyable. If they are, they go and buy it. If they're not, they trash it and don't touch it again. I don't see that as a "lost sale" since they wouldn't have bought it in the first place and did not keep it after discovering it wasn't entertaining for them. "Don't believe it. The end." doesn't sway my feelings on the matter.

You're posting here? Don't believe it. The end.
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When they start offering downloads in 96kHz/24bit lossless formats, mastered by people with half a brain, then I will pay for them.
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I've been seeing more and more of these studies of late. I know several people that download items to see if they're enjoyable. If they are, they go and buy it. If they're not, they trash it and don't touch it again. I don't see that as a "lost sale" since they wouldn't have bought it in the first place and did not keep it after discovering it wasn't entertaining for them. "Don't believe it. The end." doesn't sway my feelings on the matter.

You're posting here? Don't believe it. The end.
The only time anyone pays for something they've illegally obtained is when online content, like multiplayer, is disabled or unusable because it's a pirated copy of software.

No one does that with music. It doesn't make sense and people aren't that honest. Just my opinion.
 
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The only time anyone pays for something they've illegally obtained is when online content, like multiplayer, is disabled or unusable because it's a pirated copy of software.

No one does that with music. It doesn't make sense and people aren't that honest. Just my opinion.
Please point me to your case study involving this statement. I would like to read it.

Or are you doing nothing more than stating your opinion as a fact?

To be blunt, you have no clue what you are talking about. Studies have been shown that the highest downloaders are also the highest spenders when it comes to physical media.

I know when I download a movie, if it's a good movie, I don't store it on my HDD. I go buy the physical copy of the blu-ray and watch it from the disk. It's going to be better quality, I don't care who ripped the blu-ray, straight off the disk is the way to go.

If it's some piece of crap two-bit low budget horribly written farce of a production, I delete it and I don't waste my money buying something I didn't want in the first place, but rather thought I wanted due to misleading trailers and or hype.
 
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