The Guardian has hereby scratched the surface of this particular guilt battle royal: are we, by buying our music digitally, actually saving much? Well, it depends:
"The research used a concept called the "ecological backpack". Similar in thinking to a person's ecological footprint, it is a measure used to calculate the amount of resources - fuel, minerals, water etc - that must "be moved" throughout the full lifespan of a product. ... Buying a CD at a shop produced a backpack of 1.6kg, said the study, whereas buying it online reduced the impact to 1.3kg. But by downloading the music, the backpack fell to 0.7kg."
SWEET... but is there a catch?
"But the study also noted some other important factors. It based its weight for downloading on the assumption that a broadband connection was used and that the music was never burned onto a CD at a later date. If this is the case, and a slower narrowband connection is used, the backpack leaps up to a whopping 5.5kg. In other words, "rematerialising" your downloads into a CD at home not only completely negates any environmental savings, but is actually about three times as damaging as just buying the music on a CD in the first place."
The agony! OK, we'll download and try to turn off our computers right away and never buy a new iPod unless it's very necessary.
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