Pirated Music Statistics Down
It looks like much of the doom and gloom outlook for live streaming has totally evaporated heading towards the end of 2017. It seems, at odds with predictions, users prefer to pay a monthly subscription model than to find and download illegal music these days.
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Though the act of downloading music illegally certainly hasn’t vanished completely, the trend is spiralling downward over the past 6 months, according to Statista.com.
Much of the change in attitude can be attributed to the likes of YouTube, Spotify, iTunes and Pandora streaming services, but also access becoming increasingly difficult due to big traffic illegal web servers like Pirate Bay, KickAss and of course the originator, Napster, closing.
Of course, there will always be a way to steal music if that is your goal, but it seems the vast majority of people are less interested in stock-piling music to burn CD’s and are happy just to stream from a legal online source. Here in New Zealand Spark even offer free Spotify with most mobile phone plans, so the need for setting up elaborate downloading and ripping software is largely gone.
A new trend in piracy has been noticed for what is dubbed ‘Stream Ripping’, which is the practice of capturing streamed music from a legal source and records it for Mp3 downloading.
Statista estimate around 35% of all internet users are still engaged in some degree of piracy, either from simply downloading Mp3’s to stream ripping, though the trend, on the whole, is on a downward turn. Completly ridding the internet of piracy might be impossible, but the industry is clearly presenting the media in the easiest format possible and branding streaming services as the new cool-tool life app on your phone.
The music industry certainly appears to have embraced the new streaming services (even Taylor Swift after some pouting and foot stomping) as mobile technology surpasses even the wildest expectations of the last decade. As mobile data becomes cheaper it is no longer a concern to download and archive your own music, perticually since trends change daily and new music is constantly available.
Heading into 2018 the future looks very bright for the industry as a whole, in particular, the big streaming services which are all becoming household names. The days when music downloading was somewhat cool is slowly becoming increasingly more ostracised. As profit margins increase for the labels, we are ever hopeful some of the revenue win-fall will start trickling down faster to the artists – crazier things have been known to happen.