Music Piracy is 40% down, even before cutting people’s Internet off. What gives?

Alex Knapp summarizes a recent report on illegal downloads:



That report shows that the number of music files being illegally downloaded was 26% less in 2012 than in 2011.

What’s more, 40% of the people surveyed in the study who said that they’d illegally downloaded in 2011 did not do so in 2012.

So what’s responsible for this massive reduction in piracy?

According to the survey, it’s not stepped-up enforcement – it’s the availability of free music via streaming services like Spotify.

Nearly half of the people who had stopped or sharply reduced their music downloading cited those services as the reason for stopping.

People have been asking, demanding and begging for legitimate ways to economically access content.

Look what happens when they can?


H/T:  The Dish


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  • cows4me

    I don’t know much about downloading music but the kids seem to have no trouble, I think there may be a clink in the armour.

  • Curious

    I was downloading till Christmas when a friend introduced me to Spotify. It is what I have been looking for and for $13/month I can get all the music I want. It just goes to show that the law is one step behind technology…as usual

    • unitedtribes

      Shish. dont tell dotcom

    • Hazards001

      A friend introduced me to spotify as well…but they didn’t know how i feel about facebook and didn’t tell me it was a linked site. Imagine my suprise when all of a sudden the fuckwit book account I thought I had deleted was suddenly re activated?
      I had to go through all the same shit to de activate the nasty crap again!

  • BR

    The reason why music downloading is on the decline is probably because some of the music on offer these days is so bad that most people wouldn’t take it as a gift.


    • Agent BallSack

      I came to say…because of Rihanna and Nicki Minaj but you beat me to it.

    • unitedtribes

      Goes with movies too

    • James M

      Beaten me to this, Yes the lack of quality music produced these days I think contributes to the lack of desire to pirate.

      And as Pissedoffyouth mentions, if you want music you can find a perfectly good quality version of just about any song on Youtube. Somehow this is an OK thing to do however Kim Dotcoms sites are condemned for allowing a somewhat more difficult way to access music.

      Remember music on Youtube is piracy unless it has been OKed by the artist or rights holder for it
      Funny how the world works. mind you Kim Dotcom seems like an easier target to take to court then Youtube. at then end of the day its the users of both services that either use it legitimately or not

  • Pissedoffyouth

    Who downloads MP3s? load up Youtube and find an HD copy of whatever song you want.

  • Magor

    Wouldn’tperhaps have something to do with no operating in 2012?