- Boom in legal music downloads +/-
(Guardian) Legal music downloads have tripled in the past year, an international record industry lobby group said, citing the figures as further proof it is winning the war against piracy. IFPI, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, which represents 1,450 record companies in 75 countries, said there were more legal downloads in the US, Britain, Germany and France in the first half of 2005 than in the whole of 2004. IFPI Press Release.
- UK - Online file sharers 'buy more music' +/-
(Guardian) Computer-literate music fans who illegally share tracks over the internet also spend four and a half times as much on digital music as those who do not, according to research conducted by the music research firm The Leading Question.
- UK prefers broadband to dial-up +/-
(BBC) Broadband has officially overtaken dial-up as the most popular way for Britons to connect to the internet, government statistics show According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), broadband overtook dial-up in May, making up 50.7% of all net connections.
- US - Teens spurn e-mail for messaging +/-
(BBC) US teenagers prefer instant messaging rather than e-mail to stay in touch with each other, research shows. A Pew Internet and American Life Project study found online teens are increasingly tech-savvy. Nearly nine out of 10 teenagers say they use the net, up from 74 percent in 2000, according to the Pew study. While e-mail is seen as a tool for communicating with adults, instant messaging was proving the most popular way to chat with friends. Press release.