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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Content Streaming Proved to Decrease Unauthorized File-Sharing

Content Streaming Proved to Decrease Unauthorized File-Sharing

Content Streaming Proved to Decrease Unauthorized File-Sharing

Added: Monday, August 23rd, 2010
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
The new survey found out that over half of respondents indicated that streaming has made them stop downloading music illegally. This figure corresponds to a number of Britain’s studies carried out last year that also proved that streaming led to decline in peer-to-peer file-sharing.


Preoccupied by lively discussions going on around unauthorized file-sharing and how it influences the music industry, the critics of the digital age missed the fact that ways of music consumption are constantly evolving, also affecting unauthorized file-sharing.

Online streaming has quickly become favorite way of listening to music because of its ease of access (especially with advances in mobile technology) and thanks to its cost, which is zero. Music streaming has virtually replaced the necessity for unauthorized file-sharing as it has no technical and legal obstacles to overcome. Besides, such services as Last.fm or Pandora have richer music libraries available than P2P does.

This shift from P2P to streaming was confirmed by 2 surveys conducted last year in Britain. The respondents were mostly youth, and both of the surveys revealed a decline in unauthorized file-sharing up to 6%.

In addition, another survey was carried out by Norwegian Norstat on behalf of Aspiro Music, a company providing mobile music streaming services. That research has also confirmed the trend. Despite of the fact that it surely lacked demographics details, as 28% of the women asked said they had no idea what streaming means, the survey still says that 1/3 of Norwegians do stream music.

Another important issue is that 54% of UK respondents admitted that streaming has made them stop downloading music illegally. Why it is important is because today governments all over the world are trying to enact “three-strikes” laws to address the problem. The shift to streaming and decline in file-sharing means that the need for such measures might lessen, and risking the broadband connections of households won’t be necessary anymore, as well as imposing ban on public wi-fi, and filtering the Internet.

Music streaming can become a very important revenue source for the record industry while it’s trying to adapt to the digital age. It could be a part of the solution for the future, if companies like Aspiro Music find the way to monetize it.

August 23rd, 2010

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Date:  Monday, August 23rd, 2010

Comments (2) (please add your comment »)

posted by Blocked (2010-08-26 02:07:43)
menahunie avatarWell WOW this is what we all have been saying for a long time.
Digital distribution which the RIAA and MPAA and who the frik knows fight tooth and nail since they lose percieved control..
The problem is now users are getting blaimed for " clogging" the ISP's bandwith from all this "streaming".. Some they cap or throttle the user's band with..
Seems the customer gets screwed in the end again...

posted by Blocked (2010-08-26 10:33:45)
mrblue00 avatar54% i very much doubt anyone was really been honest another thought of my day is can the western worlds telephone industry really survive on 3 strikes your out ............ of course not they would lose Billions each year on cut offs how many people could they really cut off a handfull then they would realise there losing cash and going it the red on there profit margins.
The truth be told is everyone said when Audio tape was invented that the music indusrty would go under because people would just tape off the radio yet the music industry boooomed in profits through out the era of tape !
I think 90% of us would agree if the prices came down and the artists got the right amount of money for there work people will go and buy there albums.. They wont of course they will keep on screwing the public and screwing the artists for the rest of time ! it cost me £45 uk sterling pounds to take my family to see Toy Story 3 ..Thats without the travel expences as there isnt a cinema near me .

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