Factors driving digital music purchases

Chechen Liao1, Yi-Jen Huang1, Pui-Lai To2, Yu-Ting Lu1
1Department of Information Management, National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan
2Department of Information Management, National Chiayi University, Taiwan
Cite this article:  Liao, C., Huang, Y.-J., To, P.-L., & Lu, Y.-T. (2017). Factors driving digital music purchases. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 45(4), 583-598.

Volume 45 Issue 4 | e5875 | Published: May 2017 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.5875

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The ongoing development of the digital music ecosystem has fostered a proliferation of products. In this study our aim was to address the digital aspects of physical music products. We analyzed data collected via a survey, using a research model based on an enhanced version of the theory of reasoned action, into which we integrated the following: intangibility attributes of perceived risk, accessibility, and predicted risk; price, range, and trialability as attributes that define the types of digital product; and the entertainment attributes of anticipation of customers’ needs and perceived playfulness. Results indicated that consumers’ attitude and intention were influenced mainly by product range and, simultaneously, that their decision to buy digital music was influenced by attitude and subjective norms. The results suggest that as trialability had a nonsignificant impact on consumer intention and attitude, consumers’ perceived risk may be lowered by reducing the cost of digital music.

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