Pew Study Finds 65% of Users Already Paying for Internet Content

Amazon button, representing paying for Internet content
Amazon button, representing paying for Internet content

Common wisdom says that one problem with the Internet is that, because so many things are free, few people are willing to pay for content. This bromide is challenged, however, by a new Pew Internet and American Life Project survey that found that 65% of the Internet users had paid at some time for content.

I certainly am included in that 65%, paying for access to music (Rhapsody), videos (iTunes), news (Wall Street Journal and my local paper), and information (Consumer Reports). The study might be encouraging for businesses attempting to find a new, successful business model, such as the New York Times.
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