Researcher looks at impact of file sharing on music industry

You may remember when the file-sharing website Napster and similar services first hit the scene about 10 years ago. Suddenly, anyone could download any song they wanted for free.

At the time, many in the music industry were predicting a devastating effect on new artists breaking into the business, and an otherwise chilling effect on creativity.

But, that hasn't happened. At least, according to new research from the University of Minnesota. The research was conducted by economist Joel Waldfogel of the Carlson School of Management.

Waldfogel says there's more to making music than making money. He spoke with MPR's Tom Crann.

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