Originally Posted by supermr2
All three items in the chart can be downloaded illegally. There is not one single positive correlation here in regards to other forms of entertainment. DVD sales are flat and video games are through the roof. So how is it illegal downloading has only affected music sales?
Some of this was addressed above, but there's also the fact that were are just now really getting to the point where it's as easy to download a DVD (sort of) as it has been to donwloading an MP3 in the first stage of the downloading phenomenon. There is also of course the fact that there are rental solutions available for movies. They do obviously feed into the illegal downloads world, but they also provide a steam vent for some of that pressure to download. It's still probably easier to hit the Red box at the grocery store or use Netflix than to download significant numbers of DVDs, much less blu-rays.
I guess, with my download speeds, I could download a smaller DVD (just the movie) in a few hours. If it's been re-compressed, I guess a couple hours. That's probably the situation for the bulk of people out there, or worse. And of course it could tend to draw attention to you for the sheer bulk of bytes being sucked down if you were doing it often. That's a considerably different thing from an entire album, at pretty high resolution, in probably 10 minutes or less.
But, that situation continues to change as well. More and more people are getting fiber with much higher download speeds. When it gets to the point that you could download a DVD in 10 minutes (without much worry of infestations) and be watching it, then the situation would likely change for DVDs as well.
I was seeing some discussion the other day that even multi-player console games may be doomed, because people are starting to move more away from them. Without the multi-player aspect of the games to provide a defacto copy protection mechanism, they may start to suffer as well. I don't know if the person writing that really knew what he was talking about that consoles are starting to give ground to single player games again. But, if it does happen, then games will lose one of their most powerful weapons against piracy.