British telecoms regulator Ofcom has published its latest research into internet usage in the UK. 25% of British adult internet users said they listened to or downloaded music online at least once a week in 2012, up from 22% in 2011. The percentage stood at 48% for 16-24 year-olds in 2012, and 33% for 25-34 year-olds. 33% of adult mobile users listened to music on their phone at least once a week in 2012, although this rose to 51% for smartphone owners. The study also digs into social networking usage, finding that 64% of British adult internet users had a social networking presence in 2012, although that rises to 92% of 16-24 year-olds and 84% of 25-34 year-olds. Of all social networkers, 21% said they used these services to “listen to music / find out about bands” in 2012, up year-on-year although still down on the 29% who said they did this in 2007 when MySpace was still riding high. There are also some copyright infringement questions, with people asked whether downloading music and films for free that have been shared by other people online should be illegal. 39% said yes, 38% no and 23% didn’t know, compared to 44%, 33% and 23% respectively in 2011.

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