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

Alex Knapp summarizes a recent report on illegal downloads:

via bonnint.net

via bonnint.net

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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