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NPD Group Report 17 Percent Fall in P2P Internet Music Piracy for 2012

Thursday, February 28th, 2013 (10:27 am) - Score 811

Market research firm NPD Group has reported in its Annual Music Study 2012 that the number of broadband ISP internet users using peer-to-peer (P2P) based file sharing services to “illegally” download music declined by 17% in 2012 to 21 million people (down from a peak of 33m in 2005).

According to the NPD’s latest data, the volume of “illegally downloaded music files” from P2P services also declined by 26% in 2012 and the volume of music downloads from digital lockers (e.g. “cyber locker” online file storage and sharing websites like Rapidshare etc.) decreased by 28%.

Similarly some 40% of consumers who claimed to have illegally downloaded music via P2P in 2011 reported that they’d now stopped or were downloading less music. Apparently the “primary reason” for this reduced activity was an increased use of free and legal music streaming services like Spotify. But shutting down sites like Limewire and The Pirate Bay has also had an impact.

Russ Crupnick, NPD Industry Analysis, said:

For the music industry, which has been battling digital piracy for over a decade, last year was a year of progress. Among other factors, the increased use of legal and licensed streaming services has proven to be an alternative for music fans who formerly used P2P networks to obtain music.

In recent years, we’ve seen less P2P activity, because the music industry has successfully used litigation to shut down Limewire and other services; many of those who continued to use P2P services reported poor experiences, due to rampant spyware and viruses on illegal P2P sites.”

The figures follow shortly after the British Phonographic Industry, which represents the United Kingdom’s music industry, reported “strong growth” from digital music sales in 2012. At the same time the BPI still questionably claims that around 7 million UK people use at least one service “where content is hosted illegally” every month (here).

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  1. Avatar Timeless says:

    next time they want to try and make more money out of us they will start the piracy card again. from past articles its suggested that every year new stats are released that the growth in online alternatives to P2P had been growing, in fact so much that they passed offline sales..

    no one wants CDs any more yet the fall in actual CD media always seems to be attributed to piracy which is annoying, to me its always like the media industry is grabbing at our purse strings.. this story just seems to miss the fact that more will buy digital media because thats the type of media they want.

  2. Avatar Ignitionnet says:

    Exactly the same trend seen in the USA with video content as Netflix became more popular.

    Once those who want to pay get the deal that works those who would never pay, at all, regardless of the deals offered can be dealt with.

    1. Avatar Timeless says:

      from what lve read they actually introduced a six strike law, basically rather than disconnection what they can expect is slower speeds and other restrictions. basically they are focusing on educating users about copyright fraud so some ISPs will force users to read information etc.

      for better understanding read here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-21591696

  3. Avatar Agrajag says:

    The music industry finally seem to be giving people people what they want: cheap downloads with no DRM, and it seems to be paying off.

    If only the movie/TV studios would suit…

  4. Avatar nforce says:

    Everyone should boycott them, buy giving them money you are implying their actions are acceptable behaviour.

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