A new report by market research and data analytics firm YouGov revealed that more Britons are streaming music today than downloading music illegally. According to YouGov’s music report, the rise of music-streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music have diminished the amount of piracy among listeners, with 63 percent of people saying that they expect to fully stop downloading music illegally within the next five years.
Many survey participants mentioned the fact that it is easier to stream music than to resort to “pirating” as the main reason they decided to make the change. Furthermore, many didn’t feel the need to go through the trouble of downloading music illegally when there is a much easier alternative at their disposal.
“Spotify has everything from new releases to old songs, it filled the vacuum, there was no longer a need for using unverified sources” said an anonymous participant.
Streaming services are helping the industry evolve and ironically the oft-maligned platform is helping eradicate piracy when many expected it to do the opposite. As a record collector myself, it pains me to hear that people don’t buy physical records anymore and it is even harder for me to admit that streaming services are much more convenient. Vinyl may be making a comeback as of late but it is hard to argue about how cheap it is to pay for a streaming service and the sheer amount of music that you get to enjoy in return. Now, nothing beats playing your favorite records on a record player but I will say this, you won’t be able to carry that record player on your way to work or when you are trying to exercise.
Music-streaming platforms are here to stay and if you are looking for a reason why you should support and subscribe to any of them, continue reading to learn 5 reasons why music piracy is dead.