Pew study hints at what Web users will pay for

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Thursday, December 30, 2010

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Web may seem like the land of something for nothing. Free video. Free news. Even free tools such as word processing and spreadsheets.

But almost two-thirds of adult Internet users in the U.S. have paid for access to at least one of these intangible items online. That's according to a new survey from the Pew Internet and American Life Project.

Whether people will pay for different types of material on the Web is among the most pressing questions facing media companies in the 21st century.

The new figures from Pew suggest paying for content online is at least not a completely foreign idea for most people.

The survey finds that the typical user spends about $10 a month.

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