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n a digital era dominated by streaming services and paid subscriptions, the resurgence of music piracy might come as a surprise. Yet, recent data suggests that music piracy, especially through YouTube ripping, is making a comeback. According to a report by research firm Muso, visits to music piracy websites surged by over 13 percent last year, totaling a staggering 17 billion visits worldwide. What's even more striking is that a significant portion of these visits were to sites offering downloadable audio ripped from YouTube URLs.
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The decline of music piracy in recent years was largely attributed to the proliferation of streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music. However, the resurgence indicates a shifting landscape in consumer behavior and industry dynamics. Andy Chatterley, CEO of Muso, suggests that several factors contribute to this resurgence, including financial constraints preventing some individuals from affording music streaming subscriptions. Additionally, high mobile data costs in certain regions lead people to opt for downloading tracks over Wi-Fi instead of streaming them over mobile data connections.
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One surprising revelation from Muso's findings is that approximately 40 percent of tracked music piracy is attributed to sites that rip audio from YouTube videos. This method has become the most prevalent form of music piracy, surpassing illegal streams, torrents, and other web downloads. Chatterley describes this trend as a significant problem for the music industry.
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When questioned about these findings, a YouTube spokesperson emphasized the platform's efforts to combat piracy. YouTube employs measures to block offending domains and develop technical solutions to prevent the use of stream-ripping tools. The platform also dedicates resources to sending cease-and-desist notices to those behind such applications.
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Despite these efforts, the prevalence of music piracy persists. Muso's report highlights the scale of piracy, citing torrent numbers for context. For instance, popular artist Taylor Swift's albums were torrented hundreds of thousands of times in 2023 alone, despite her immense success in album sales.
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The resurgence of music piracy underscores the ongoing challenge faced by the music industry in combating unauthorized distribution. As technology evolves, so do the methods of piracy, posing a continuous threat to artists, labels, and streaming platforms alike.

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Feb 21, 2024
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