Streaming Exclusives May Be Making the Music Piracy Problem Even Worse

While the music industry’s largely grown silent about it, piracy is still the go-to music consumption method for millions of people.

According to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, about 20 percent of internet users accessed pirated content in 2014.

That tracks with the findings of a study by the research firm MusicWatch, which found that 57 million people in the United States pirated songs last year, or about 20 percent of the country’s online users. Some of them are still pirating the old-school way, with 22 million people using peer-to-peer networks like BitTorrent.

But millions more have found increasingly modern means that are often better suited for mobile devices. For instance, ripping songs from streams on platforms like YouTube is now nearly as popular as downloading from a peer-to-peer platform.

Source: The Ringer

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