Empirical evidence of downloads’ effect on sales

Really interesting article found at Boing Boing… Research done at the University of North Carolina into the effect music downloads have on music sales. The paper (pdf) itself is rather dry, but worth a spare 10 minutes… The long and the short of it?

Even in the most pessimistic specification, five thousand downloads are needed to displace a single album sale…high selling albums actually benefit from file sharing.