malaymail.com 04 May, 2021 05:00 am

Despite the rise of streaming services, music piracy persists

Despite the rise of streaming services, music piracy persists
NEW YORK, April 30 — Music industry professionals were hoping that streaming would put an end to piracy. But it hasn’t worked out that way. One in five US internet users still download music files illegally, according to a new report by MusicWatch. The illegal download and sharing of music...

One in five US internet users still download music files illegally, according to a new report by MusicWatch.The illegal download and sharing of music files introduced by Napster, Limewire and the like led to a vision of piracy that was so pervasive that it was once thought to be unalterable.Fifty-four million Americans obtained music files fraudulently last year.In addition to stream ripping and illegal downloads through P2P and torrent networks, some mobile applications are popular with unscrupulous music lovers for pirating music files.

Eight million US internet users over the age of 13 illegally downloaded music from a peer-to-peer (P2P) site or “torrent” network in 2020.That’s one in five internet users.

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