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BSA Survey of DRM Online Content Services
This study provides an overview of online content services that are protected by digital rights management (DRM) software and are available in Europe and in the United States. DRM technology provides copy protection against piracy and allow for usage rules that vary by service and consumers’ needs. The scope of the study includes online music services and ringtones.

The main findings of the study can be summarised as follow:
  • The online music market is growing exponentially. The total size of the online music market in the U.S., Western Europe and New Member States is expected to reach about €1.86bn in 2008, compared with approximately €235m in 20041. Despite a larger population in Europe, the leading market for online music services is still the United States.
  • In 2004, the U.S. market for online music was approximately eight times larger than that of Western Europe (€207m vs. €27m).
  • The price of track downloads is more or less homogeneous across all markets (though Denmark appears to be an exception see section 2.2.11).
  • The total size of the ringtones market in the U.S., Western Europe and the New Member States is expected to reach about €2.5bn (Source:Informa) in 2008, compared with approximately €1.2bn (Source:Informa) in 2004.
  • Unlike online music services, there is a marked difference between the development of the ringtone market in Europe and the U.S.; while the U.S. currently trails Europe it is expected to catch up by 2008.

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