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YouTube Leads Music Consumption While Piracy Dips, According to U.K. Government Survey

An estimated 78 million music tracks were accessed illegally online in the United Kingdom in a three month period, but levels of digital piracy are gradually beginning to decline, according to new research from the U.K.'s Intellectual Property Office (IPO).

From March to May 2016, over 16 million U.K. internet users accessed music online, with YouTube the most popular platform (accounting for 52 percent of all consumption), followed by Spotify (30 percent) and Apple (20 percent), according to the latest data from the IPO’s Online Copyright Infringement Tracker, which measures piracy levels across film, music, TV, books, software and video games.

Within those categories, music was by far the most-consumed content type, both digitally (355 million tracks) and physically (88 million tracks) over the three-month period. Growth in consumption was not matched by growth in piracy, however, with the number of people surveyed who admitted accessing any pirated material falling to 20 percent, down from 24 percent in the same period a year previously...


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