UK music piracy on the decline

(ETX Daily Up) – The music business has long been a favorite target for piracy. It looks like that is about to change in the UK. Only 15% of Britons downloaded songs and albums illegally in 2021, according to an Intellectual Property Office report.

The organization surveyed 5,000 Britons about their music consumption habits between March and April 2021. Most of them listened to music during this period, downloading it, listening to it on streaming platforms or buying it. physical media.

However, streaming remains the most popular listening method for many Britons. Over 40% of people surveyed by the Intellectual Property Office have used services like Spotify and Apple Music to listen to tracks by their favorite artists. Only a quarter of those surveyed downloaded music and even fewer bought vinyl or CDs.

The pandemic, a driver of change in music piracy

Illegal downloading persists, even if it is down 3% in 2021. The less scrupulous music lovers mostly download songs and albums to create pirate copies. But it remains a minority phenomenon: most music lovers favor legal downloading and streaming to indulge in their favorite hobby.

The Intellectual Property Office explains this decline in piracy by the essential place occupied by music and other forms of entertainment during the pandemic. “Most respondents said that access to entertainment during the various periods of confinement improved their mental health by distracting them from the daily reality of the pandemic,” the organization explains in its annual report.

A question remains, however: at a time when streaming services offer access to catalogs of millions of titles, why still resort to music piracy? For ease … and a lack of knowledge of certain features of Spotify and its competitors. Russ Crupnick, a specialist analyst at MusicWatch, explained last April that most pirate music lovers do so so that they can listen to their favorite songs without having an Internet connection. This option is however offered by all streaming services.