Music Piracy Streaming is Now “more popular than ever” New Reports Show

Although music streaming sites are gaining popularity at phenomenal rates, piracy in the music streaming service remains ‘more popular than ever’.

According to the annual Global Piracy report from piracy data tracker MUSO, music piracy grew 14.7% from the year prior in 2017, with 73.9 billion visits to music piracy sites made worldwide.

The report shows that there were 21.2 billion visits to web download sites, 30.5 billion visits were made to web streaming sites, 15.7 billion to streaming ripping sites, 6 billion to public torrent sites and 500 million to private torrent sites.


With television and film piracy topping the popularity scale, music piracy comes in second, the report found.

MUSO co-founder/CEO Andy Chatterly said in a statement that “There is a belief that the rise in popularity of on-demand services such as Netflix and Spotify have solved piracy, but that theory simply doesn’t stack up. Our data suggests that piracy is more popular than ever.”

Even with these startlingly high numbers there is still a positive with the report. It found that visits to stream ripping sites dropped 33.86% in the final six months of last year, 2017.

Chatterly added that “ It’s important that the content industries embrace the trends emerging from this data, not only in strategic content protection, but also in understanding the profile of the piracy consumer for better business insight and monetising these audiences”.

To read the full annual Global Piracy Report from piracy data tracker MUSO click here

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