Friday, August 21, 2009

Music downloading is greener, but not by much

A study by Carnegie Mellon University finds downloading music is "superior from an energy and CO2 perspective" than buying from a brick-and-mortar or online store. (earth2tech)

You probably already knew that. Seems like common sense, right? But the difference is pretty slim. For example, if you walk to a brick-and-mortar store and pick up a CD, it's equal from an energy, CO2 perspective. And if you download a large album (say, around 260MB), it's the same as buying a CD from a website and having it shipped to you.

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I started pound360 to channel my obsession with vitamins, running and the five senses. Eventually, I got bored focusing on all that stuff, so I came back from a one month hiatus in May of 2007 (one year after launching Pound360) and broadened my mumblings here to include all science.