Bringing down the consumer's cost of music CDs will stem the tide of illegal downloading, according to a Billboard.com poll. Of 13,180 voters, 73% said lower prices will encourage fans to purchase new

Bringing down the consumer's cost of music CDs will stem the tide of illegal downloading, according to a Billboard.com poll. Of 13,180 voters, 73% said lower prices will encourage fans to purchase new releases rather than seek out the songs illegally online.

On the other side of the coin, 27% opined that if the same music that's on the CD is available for free, why pay for it?

As previously reported, Universal Music Group announced in September that it will drop its frontline pricing in the U.S. to $12.98 from $18.98.

A new poll about legal download sites is already underway in The Voting Booth. Stop by and register your opinion today!

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