Wednesday, November 05, 2003 - Pace of Music-File Erasing Picks Up - Pace of Music-File Erasing Picks Up "In a development that seems to underscore an impact of the music industry's legal assault on digital file-swappers, about 1.4 million U.S. households in August erased all the digital-music files they had saved on their computer hard drives, an online-research firm estimated.
NPD Group Inc., Port Washington, N.Y., based its estimate on an ongoing project that uses special software to monitor the computer activities of 10,000 volunteer households. The number of households that erased the files represent 4% of the 35 million households the firm estimates store digital music on their PCs. In May, well before the music industry began filing hundreds of lawsuits against people alleged to have illegally shared music online, about 600,000 households made similar sweeps of their PCs.

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