Let there be music -- and let it be legal, poll shows

Thu Jan 28, 2010 3:01am EST
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By Miral Fahmy

SINGAPORE (Reuters Life!) - Music really makes the world go round, with most people listing it as their favorite pastime, and one that they're willing to pay for to enjoy legally, according to a global survey.

The "Music Matters" survey of 8,000 adults in 13 countries, by market research firm Synovate, showed 63 percent ranked themselves as being passionate about music, with Brazilians at the top of the scale and Australians at the bottom.

Only 6 percent of people across the world say they "couldn't care less" about music.

"Since the beginning of humankind, there has been a passion for music," Steve Garton, global head of media research for Synovate, said in a statement.

"From the primitive beating of drums, to even before we are born when we're already used to the steady beat of our mother's heart, we are programed to have a passion for music."

This love for music drove nearly four in 10 people to buy a music compact disc from a shop, compared to the 11 percent globally who confessed to buying pirated music CDs.

More than two-thirds of respondents said they had paid for music they had downloaded from the Internet, and 8 percent said they paid for music applications, or apps, on their phone.

Music streaming is also a big fan favorite, with one in five people globally, topped by Korea at 60 percent, streaming songs in the past month from legal music streaming services.   Continued...

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