Remember when music piracy threatened to derail the ender recorded music industry? Even after Napster was sued out of existence, dozens of other file-sharing programs popped up and soon, the industry was scared they were going down. Making digital tracks easily available through iTunes was a start, but what really hit piracy was the rise of streaming.
Streaming offered high-quality audio (at least compared to a lot of pirated songs) and is virus-free. And now with 95 million songs available (all the streaming services dip into the same universal library), it seems like way too much trouble to steal anything.
According to a new report from the European Union, music piracy continues to decline. Using a survey of 5,000 internet users in the UK as a baseline, the report sales that piracy dropped 15% in 2020 and another 18% in 2021.
Going a little deeper, the survey showed that 13% of respondents used a mix of legal and illegal sources for their music. Only 2% went 100% illegal.
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