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THE proportion of young Australians illegally downloading music has risen in the past year. But British youngsters are shunning the practice, two surveys show.

According to the youth marketing agency Lifelounge, which surveyed 1662 Australian adults aged 18-30, a hefty 34.4 per cent illegally download music. This compares with last year's figure of 30.4 per cent.

A survey of 1000 British teenagers suggests the majority — 65 per cent — are streaming music legally on the net rather than downloading it.

A cluster of UK-based streaming websites offers a vast catalogue of contemporary and classic rock and pop music which is free to listen to but is subsidised by advertisers. A typical site will allow about 20 minutes of streaming before the ads kick in.

Most of these sites are not available to Australian users.

The number illegally downloading music in Britain — 17 per cent — was significantly lower than comparable Australian figures from the recently-released annual "urban market research" survey.



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