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Music industry executives have claimed that online file-sharing networks are significantly hurting their business because potential consumers are getting music for free that they would otherwise purchase. However, after file-sharing networks started to become popular, CD sales actually increased.

Which of the following, if true, best explains the apparent contradiction described above?

File-sharing networks carry a more complete variety of music than most traditional music stores.

The few people using file-sharing networks already purchased more music than most people.

Many people prefer to store their music as computer files rather than maintain large CD collections.

Many consumers have purchased music by artists they discovered through file-sharing networks.

Music available on file-sharing networks is of the same audio quality as music on commercially produced CDs.

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The following, if true, may helps explain the discrepancy:

(D) Many consumers have purchased music by artists they discovered through file-sharing networks.
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The following, if true, may helps explain the discrepancy:

(D) Many consumers have purchased music by artists they discovered through file-sharing networks.


You are right. But please elaborate better your explanation. :roll:
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I'm looking for a statement that may explain the discrepancy that online file-sharing not hurt the music industry's business, but actually appears to helping it.


(A) File-sharing networks carry a more complete variety of music than most traditional music stores. -- Great info, but this does not explain why CD sales go up.

(B) The few people using file-sharing networks already purchased more music than most people. -- This too does not explain an increase in CD sales.

(C) Many people prefer to store their music as computer files rather than maintain large CD collections. -- Weakens the argument. Looks like the opposite to what I'm looking for.

-> (D) Many consumers have purchased music by artists they discovered through file-sharing networks. -- This new info helps explain the discrepancy where the discovery of new artists may likely lead to increased sales that otherwise wouldn't happen.

(E) Music available on file-sharing networks is of the same audio quality as music on commercially produced CDs. -- Nice to know, but this does not explain why the CD sales increase.

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