Can You Believe 38% Of People Still Pirate Music?

October 10, 2018

You'd think that the rise of music streaming and the decline of 'downloads' might lead to a drop in ILLEGAL downloads as well, but that's not necessarily the case. According to a new report by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, 38% of consumers still pirate music, they're just adjusting their methods. The most popular way is through 'stream-ripping,' which accounts for 32% of music copyright infringement. Illegal downloads through cyberlockers or peer-to-peer account for another 23%, and 17% use a search engine to find illegal files.

The IFPI says, quote, "People still like free stuff, so it doesn't surprise us that there are a lot of people engaged in this. And it's relatively easy to pirate music, which is a difficult thing for us to say."

Meanwhile, the IFPI also found that 86% of all listeners use on-demand music streaming services.  And most people, 52%, use video streaming sites like YouTube to listen to music.  

(Check out the full report, here.)