Computer software consumption in the UK 2012-2018, by paid and free

This statistic presents the findings of a survey on the computer software consumption, by paid or free accessing, among computer software consumers in the United Kingdom (UK) from August 2012 to March 2018, in seven survey waves. As of the most recent survey wave, ending March 2018, 29 percent of those who had consumed computer software did so entirely for free.

Was the computer software you consumed paid or free?

100% PaidMix of Paid and Free100% Free
March 201854%17%29%
March 201726%17%58%
March to May 201625%19%56%
March to May 201524%17%59%
March to May 201325%18%57%
November 2012 to January 201328%18%53%
August to October 201224%18%59%
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Release date

July 2018


United Kingdom

Survey time period

August 2012 to March 2018

Number of respondents


Age group

12 years and older

Special properties

all who have downloaded or streamed/accessed computer software in the past three months

Supplementary notes

* Base of most recent survey wave (Wave 8). Base varied by wave: n (W2) = 661; n (W3) = 751; n (W4) = 685; n (W5) = 577; n (W6) = 582; n (W7) = 615; n (W8) = 572.
Online (CAWI) and face-to-face (CAPI) surveys were used.
The source does not provide detailed information regarding the question. The chosen wording here might therefore differ slightly from the survey.

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