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  • Did Streaming Accidentally Aid This New Form Of Music Piracy?

    Post Date: 18.4.2017
    Author: Daniel Adrian Sanchez

    So, if lawsuits don’t curb piracy, nor bandwidth throttling, nor even offering legal streaming, what will stop music piracy?

    Last February, a study published on Digital Music News showed that 20% of Americans actively pirated music. In fact, 35% had also bought music legitimately. In a joint study published seven months later, researchers found that legal threats had no effect on curbing piracy. They found that people perceive the risks of music piracy as just too low to affect current behaviors. Furthermore, these same people perceived the benefits of pirating as far too juicy to resist. But, has the growing popularity of legitimate music streaming helped put a dent in active music piracy?

    Music streaming services are on the rise, according to the IFPI. More people prefer to listen to their favorite artists and tunes using services like Spotify, Pandora, and Apple Music. In March, Spotify reported 50 million paid subscribers. Apple Music reported 20 million paid subscriptions in less than 2 years. At the same time, however, streaming has given birth to a new form of piracy: stream ripping.

    A chart by Statista shows that stream ripping has become the norm in illegally accessing music. The IFPI commissioned research firm Ipsos Connect to survey over 12,600 internet users in 13 countries. IFPI underscored how copyright infringement currently harms the industry.

    49% of 16 to 24 year olds surveyed preferred to illegally save their music on their devices while listening to it. Close to 55% in this group admitted to accessing music in copyright infringing ways in the past six months. For those aged 25 to 34, the stream ripping number fell slightly to 40%. Over 45%, however, admitted to illegally acquiring music. Among all age groups, downloading music on piracy networks fell.



    The IFPI/Ipsos study shows that stream ripping remains a problem among music listeners. More men actively stream ripped their favorite music than women, 35% to slightly over 20%. Men also preferred using other means of piracy to access their tunes. Downloading among both age groups, however, fell to 23% and 16%, respectively.

    How did users prefer to stream rip? YouTube. While not naming the service outright, right before showing stream ripping stats, the IFPI noted,

    “YouTube is the most used music service: 82 per cent of all YouTube visitors use it for music. More people use YouTube to consume music they already know than to discover new content.”

    So, why has stream ripping has become the most popular method of acquiring music illegally? Small tools freely made available. Statistica explains,

    “However, now that a lot of music is available on YouTube or similar platforms, all it takes is a small tool to rip and save the song you are looking for.”

    In fact, stream ripping provides users with a cleaner way to pirate, albeit still illegally. Statista finished their analysis, saying,

    “It may seem less shady than rummaging through the malware-infected back alleys of the internet, but it is just as illegal in the end."
    Source: digitalmusicnews.com (Article: Did Streaming Accidentally Aid This New Form Of Music Piracy?)
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