‘I want it all’: the attitudes and behaviours of MP3 player owners in the context of music piracy

Steven C. Brown

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Whilst much research has explored predictive factors of digital piracy, little attention has been paid to the role of technology in facilitating such behaviours. Drawing from data initially gathered from a 2009 Oxford Internet Survey, a quasi-experiment was conducted specifically exploring the contribution of the MP3 player. Data of interest was isolated from 1318 Internet users. 42.9% of the sample was male, with an age range of 14-90. Responses to the question ‘Does your household have an mp3 player?’ was used for analyses where results demonstrated that MP3-player owners had more favourable attitudes towards digital piracy as well as being better equipped to minimise the risks associated with digital piracy. MP3-player owners were also observed to be more competent Internet users overall, suggesting an increased resilience against certain anti-piracy measures such as website blocking. Discussion centres on technology as ultimately facilitating piracy engagement, speculating on future trends.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGV-CONF 2013
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings in Global Virtual Conference & Workshop
EditorsZlatko V. Sovreski, Michal Mokryš, Štefan Badura, Anton Lieskovský
Place of PublicationŽilina
Publication statusPublished - 30 Apr 2013

Publication series

NameProceedings in GVW
ISSN (Print)1339-2778


  • digital piracy
  • MP3 player
  • internet
  • anti-piracy
  • music
  • technology
  • digital revolution
  • portable music player
  • music preferences


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