Music Piracy Drops As People Adopt Streaming Services

Give people what they want when they want at a reasonable price and they’ll stop stealing.  From Techcrunch:

The Swedish polling company, Media Vision, has released a study (in Swedish) about downloading habits in the country where Spotify was born. Their results? 23 percent of Swedes download music illegally, down 2 to 3 percent since 2010. In short, music piracy, at least in that market, is falling rapidly and much of that decline can be attributed to the popularity of services like Spotify.

As Torrentfreak notes, there’s no way to compete with free, but when content is made available on multiple platforms for a fair price it’s clear that consumers will react favorably.

Obviously this is a small sample (4344) and a small country but it is very telling. If a country with a high rate of broadband use and the wherewithal to use and understand streaming services can make a dent in music piracy, can the rest of the world be far behind?

Read the rest here.

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5 thoughts on “Music Piracy Drops As People Adopt Streaming Services

  • September 30, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    100% agree – I use Hype Machine all the time when I'm at home or at work. I pirate music for my iPod, I'm no saint, but I do admit that I am utilizing streaming sites more and more these days

  • September 30, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    I would dare to point out that as a musician and record label owner, the current monetization plans of streaming are basically the same as piracy as far as the rights holder is concerned. A song streamed yields a fraction of a penny to the label and artist. While I think that 99 cents for a download is still too much, the revenue from streams is pretty much non existent currently. The price streaming sites pay licensors is not enough. It should be somewhere more than the third of a penny per song now, and less than the 99 cents a song download model. How many times will the average song be listened to in a lifetime? 2 or 3 commonly. 5 maybe average. 10 would be a lot, and 20 perhaps for a memorable track. How about Spotify pay a few cents, maybe a nickel per stream?

  • November 30, 2011 at 8:45 am

    Please let us bear with the artist who made their songs with all their effort.
    Stop piracy!

  • October 26, 2012 at 5:29 am

    If you’re a B2B site, you might be more concerned with protecting your content, either via password protection or domain blocking. All publishers should be concerned about the availability of live phone support, since live events typically can’t be stopped or delayed should technical problems arise.


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