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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Spotify Move May Boost Piracy Rates

Spotify Move May Boost Piracy Rates

Spotify Move May Boost Piracy Rates

Added: Wednesday, May 20th, 2015
Category: About Torrents > Staying Safe And Secure
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, www.extratorrent.cc, 2015
This legitimate streaming service is normally recognized as a piracy killer. Indeed, music file-sharing rates drop in almost every country where Spotify enters the market. However, the situation can change if Spotify decides to cancel its free version.

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After Spotify first launched in 2008, it was immediately dubbed “an alternative to music piracy”. Indeed, it was competing with music piracy thanks to its option to stream millions of tracks along with ads for free. Today Spotify is available in over 60 countries and accounts for dozens of millions of users.

The problem is that in recent months there have been calls for Spotify to end its free service in order to increase revenues for musicians. It turned out that Apple is now also pressuring music labels to end the licensing agreements with Spotify’s free service – apparently, the tech giant is trying to make its own Beats service more competitive.

Although Spotify hasn’t confirmed its intentions to really kill a free version, the industry experts estimate this as a dangerous move, which is likely to boost piracy: while some free users will be motivated to sign up for a paid subscription, in the long run the effects may not be so positive. But in the short term, this may indeed lead to more revenue, making record labels and artists happy.

At the moment, Spotify curbs piracy in the following way: it offers pirates a free version to try in a completely legitimate way, and if people like it and want the ad-free experience, they will eventually convert to a paid subscription, because the “pirates” normally tend to spend more money on entertainment than the average consumer.

The free version may be not killed completely, but limited a lot. According to recent news, Apple’s Beats may also offer some music for free, but not much. If Spotify and others are forced to do the same, this will change the customer’s behavior on the market. Spotify is currently attracting people because users can access a virtually unlimited library of music, and limiting it will make it less attractive than illegal alternatives.

The problem of today is the following. Some artists started to remove their music from Spotify, others offer their music exclusively to other services. It is easy to understand that customers are not going to pay for a dozen services to find all the music they need – especially when they can get it for free on BitTorrent.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.


Posted by: 
SaM

Date:  Wednesday, May 20th, 2015



Comments (3) (please add your comment »)

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posted by (2015-05-21 13:57:10)
mwd25 avatar" Indeed, music file-sharing rates drop in almost every country where Spotify enters the market. However, the situation can change if Spotify decides to cancel its free version. " Except they have no plans on ending their free service.

" The problem is that in recent months there have been calls for Spotify to end its free service in order to increase revenues for musicians." Only based on the whole point of the article,ending its free service would increase piracy,thereby decreasing revenue to artists.

"Although Spotify hasn’t confirmed its intentions to really kill a free version, the industry experts estimate this as a dangerous move, which is likely to boost piracy" Sooo,this is a non-story, a few idiots want them to end their free version to increase artist revenue.....which it clearly wouldnt and if Apple will not be offering a free service or one as good,that only gives Spotify incentive to continue theirs to attract more customers.They have already shown that enough people transition from free to paid to make the free version worth it. Apple is almost guaranteeing failure by not following a already succeeding business model.

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posted by Turtle (2015-05-21 19:32:21)
zacsawyer avatarF@#%ing Taylor Swift.

3
posted by (2015-05-24 18:56:39)
thehothead avatarit doesn't stop me to downloading many movies as others on ET. i am gonna keep ET alive forever



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