Collapse in UK illegal sharing and boom in streaming brings music to executives' ears
Posted in: Online TV/Music at 13/07/2009 22:59
They are the record companies' bogeyman: the 15-year-old in their bedroom ripping off a star's latest album and sharing it with their friends has been blamed for bringing an industry to its knees.
But new research shows that the number of teenagers illegally sharing music has fallen dramatically in the past year.
The survey of 1,000 fans also shows that many14 to 18 year olds are now streaming music regularly online using services such as YouTube and Spotify.
Internet piracy levels fall in favour of streaming
A new piece of research has shown illegal filesharing has decreased by a third among teenagers, while Stephen Fry separately defends the practice on a small scale.
The increasing popularity of free music streaming sites, such as Spotify and Last.fm, has helped produce a fall in the overall levels of file sharing, particularly amongst UK teenagers.
Report: UK file sharing drops, even among teens
The plethora of legal music options online has prompted Internet users in the UK to cut down on their P2P ways. According to an annual report from media and technology research firm The Leading Question, monthly file sharing has dropped among all users since the last national survey in 2007. The drop is particularly significant among teens, where file-sharing has declined by a third. Still, users continue to share music -- just a little more the old-fashioned way.
The Leading Question conducted face-to-face interviews with a thousand "music fans" in the UK between the ages of 14 and 64, excluding non-broadband users and those without mobile phones. As of January 2009, 17 percent of the group reported file sharing regularly (on a monthly basis), down from 22 percent in December 2007.
Illegal file-sharing between teens falls
The number of teens illegally file-sharing has fallen since 2007, says Music Ally.
According to the digital music firm, in January this year only 17 percent of web users said they regularly downloaded music from illegal file-sharing sources on the web, compared to 22 percent in December 2007.