Streaming Vs. Download - Are They Similar Digital Goods? The Difference between Access-Based Digital Goods and Ownership-Based Digital Goods

접속 기반 디지털 제품과 소유 기반 디지털 제품의 차이에 관한 연구

  • 이민형 (한국과학기술원 경영대학) ;
  • 최한별 (한국과학기술원 경영대학)
  • Received : 2020.08.21
  • Accepted : 2020.09.18
  • Published : 2020.09.30


Numerous products have been created in a digital format in the era of digitization. At an early stage, such products were provided in the format of individual digital file, requiring the individuals to own products by downloading them on the personal devices. With the development of Internet network, people began to consume digital goods in a new mode called 'streaming.' Streaming is a service provided through access-based consumption mode based on Internet network. Rather than downloading each file, individuals can utilize such product and services by connecting the network to their own devices. Access-based digital goods are distinguished from traditional ownership-based digital goods such as downloaded contents, in that permanent ownership is not allowed. Taken this into account, this study attempts to investigate how individuals' perception toward digital goods, the psychological ownership, differs according to the consumption mode. The results show that individuals feel less psychological ownership toward access-based digital goods than ownership-based digital goods. Our study provides several avenues to both theory and practice.


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