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Ninety-five percent of music downloads are illegal
|19 января 2009|
More than 40 billion music downloads were illegally file-shared in 2008, translating to a piracy rate of around 95 percent, according to a new report issued by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry trade body.
The digital music business increased an estimated 25 percent in 2008 to $3.7 billion, its sixth consecutive year of growth--the IFPI notes online and mobile platforms now generate roughly 20 percent of recorded music sales, up from 15 percent in 2007. Single-track downloads increased 24 percent in 2008 to 1.4 billion units globally and remain at the forefront of the digital market, although full-length albums are also on the upswing, growing 36 percent last year. The top-selling digital single of 2008 was Lil Wayne's "Lollipop," with sales of 9.1 million. (According to Nielsen RingScan, "Lollipop" was also the bestselling mastertone of 2008, with sales topping the 2.36 million mark.)
While the IFPI report acknowledges the positive impact of new unlimited mobile music services like Nokia's Comes With Music and Sony Ericsson's PlayNow plus as well as the continued growth of a-la-carte download efforts including Apple's iTunes and Amazon MP3, piracy remains rampant--after collating separate studies in 16 countries over a three-year period, the IFPI determined consumers illegally shared more than 40 billion tracks last year alone. The report contends cooperation from service providers is the key to solving the problem, citing research suggesting 72 percent of U.K. consumers would stop illegally downloading if told to do so by their ISP. Another survey adds that 74 percent of French consumers believe Internet account disconnection is a more effective response than fines and criminal sanctions.