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Music industry executives have claimed that online file-sharing networks are significantly hurting their business because potential consumers are getting music for free that they would otherwise purchase. However, after file-sharing networks started to become popular, CD sales actually increased.

Which of the following, if true, best explains the apparent contradiction described above?

A. File-sharing networks carry a more complete variety of music than most traditional music stores.

B. The few people using file-sharing networks already purchased more music than most people.

C. Many people prefer to store their music as computer files rather than maintain large CD collections.

D. Many consumers have purchased music by artists they discovered through file-sharing networks.

E. Music available on file-sharing networks is of the same audio quality as music on commercially produced CDs.

What is wrong with Option B?

OA D

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Music industry executives have claimed that online file-sharing networks are significantly hurting their business because potential consumers are getting music for free that they would otherwise purchase. However, after file-sharing networks started to become popular, CD sales actually increased.

Which of the following, if true, best explains the apparent contradiction described above?

A. File-sharing networks carry a more complete variety of music than most traditional music stores.

B. The few people using file-sharing networks already purchased more music than most people.

C. Many people prefer to store their music as computer files rather than maintain large CD collections.

D. Many consumers have purchased music by artists they discovered through file-sharing networks.

E. Music available on file-sharing networks is of the same audio quality as music on commercially produced CDs.

What is wrong with Option B?

OA D
B doesn't work because we're told that sales increased after file-sharing became more popular. The fact that people using file-sharing networks had purchased a lot of music in the past doesn't tell us how file-sharing could have contributed to an increase in sales going forward.

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