Its probably more to do with ease of purchase and age.
this may sound a little odd but the mass market for music purchases is teenagers till mid 20`s, thats notto say that persons over the age of 25 stop buying or listening to music they just buy less than the 15-25 demographic.
given that the massive online libraries of free music have all been closed down and that to download most music you either need some type of client or to give your details to an online source its pretty obvious that the RIAA will have had some large effect on the way people aquirre music.
Iam sure that the 14% who do download illegally are mostly under the age of independent income.k12 to students once passed the income barrier they give it up, basic math would suggest 99 cents to download a legal song is cheaper than a possible 3000 dollar fine or a long law suit.
what would be a far more interesting statistic - is how many people are making illegal copies of rented videos and handing them out as gifts to family and freinds, rent a disc for 3 bucks copy and burn 5 for 50 cents a peice a buck with the dvd case and copied jacket if you have a lightscribe burner or the right printer you can do a really pro looking job nice gifts for xmas and all for under 10 bucks the lot as oppesed to say 75-125 for going out to buy the 5 discs.
This comes from the topic from the Oct. 25 episode of Buzz Out Loud, the story showing that Canadians are downloading less music.
As a Canadian, here's what I think are the reasons:
1) Less Canadians willing to admit that they are because of paranoia of being sued
2) Since almost all Canadian ISPs are packet shaping against things like BitTorrent(Net Neutrality is long dead in Canada...), many people have taken to using a torrent client that can encrypt their traffic, making it almost impossible to track what's being downloaded
3) Popular music coming out of the North American music industries has been getting progressively worse
4) Increased availability of inexpensive flash drives and external hard drives make it easier to get music from a friend's collection instead of downloading
5) LAN events are very popular, as more computers in one place means more heat generated. Hey! It's cold up here!
So that's my thoughts. Anyone think any different?