University of Hertfordshire report sees 2 per cent year on year decline

UK illegal music downloads fall

A study conducted on behalf of UK Music, which represents the British music industry, has found that the number of young people engaged in illegal music downloading has fallen from 63 per cent to 61 per cent.

According to the BBC, the survey of around 1,800 14-24 year olds conducted by the University of Hertfordshire found that of the 61 per cent that download illegally, 83 per cent did so at least once per week.

On the other hand, 85 per cent of illegal downloader’s said they would pay for an unlimited download service, although 78 per cent said they would not pay for an online streaming service like Spotify.

“Over the past 12 months, the licensed digital music market has diversified enormously – epitomised by competition in the download market and the traction being gained by streaming services,” commented UK Music’s chief executive Feargal Sharkey.

“Clearly, the shape of our entire business will continue to evolve. However, we will achieve nothing if we do not work with music fans and young music fans, in particular.”

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