Decline of Illegally Downloaded Music in 2012

A report by the NPD Group found that music piracy rates declined in 2012.

According to the study, there were 26 percent less files being illegally downloaded online in 2012 than in 2011.  In addition, 40 percent of respondents stated that they stopped downloading pirated music in 2012. Nearly half of those that stopped said that they stopped illegal downloads due to the availability of streaming music websites such as Spotify.

44 percent of respondents said that they also stopped ripping CDs from friends and family members. 20 percent also stated that they stopped using file-sharing services due to concerns over spyware and viruses.

Source:  Alex Knapp, “Study Finds That Streaming And Spyware Are Killing Music Piracy,” Forbes, February 26, 2013.