35% buy digital music legally, 40% still download illegally

35% of music consumers now download tracks legally via the Internet and will soon pass the 40% who have pirated music, according to Entertainment Media Research. Primary reasons for going legal include fear of prosecution, Internet viruses, and inferior quality.

35% of music consumers now download tracks legally via the Internet and will soon pass the 40% who have pirated music, according to Entertainment Media Research. Primary reasons for going legal include fear of prosecution, Internet viruses, and inferior quality. Nearly two-thirds of music consumers said immediate availability was the key reason for buying tracks online.