This post is an attempt to tie up some loose ends and reflect upon my findings as I add up the expenditure for the final month of the year long tracking project. Hopefully, I'll be able to offer some broader analysis of the full year in a later post.
If this is the first time you stumbled across this series of posts then there are a few baseline claims that might be worth pointing out:
- The typical file-sharer spends £77 a year on music
- Those who claim not to use file-sharing technology spend £44 per year on music
- Source: BBC
So, how did August measure up?
The total monthly spend on music and music-related activities (ie music games, musical equipment, concerts, etc) came in at a relatively high sum of £226.98 mainly due to some hardware required for a DJ gig. Music games accounted for another lump sum of £77.32. A much more modest total of £19.12 was spent on buying music, of which only £5.94 would have been classified as tradiational album/single content.
Overall, that brings the total spend for the last 12 months in at £1770.57 of which £206.87 was spend on albums and singles. That's £129.87 more than the typical file-sharer spends on music in a year, and a whopping £162.87 more than is spent by those who denied they participated in file-sharing. What does that tell us? Well, I'm going to take a more detailed look at these figures in a future post.