Fans are moving towards streaming services...

YouGov have published a new report suggesting that figures for illegal music downloads in the UK have fallen.

At one time it was the bete noire of the music industry, with digital piracy causing labels and bands to sue their own fans and consumers.

The rise of streaming services - Spotify, Apple Music, TIDAL - has caused this to roll back, with fewer and fewer fans opting to illegally download music.

The new YouGov study reveals that one in ten Britons (10%) download music illegally, down from 18% five years ago. 36% say that using unverified sources to access music is becoming more difficult, while 60% of people that have stopped illegally downloading music now use streaming services.

Justin Marshall, Associate Director, YouGov: "While illegal downloads still present a significant challenge to the music industry, there appears to be some light at the end of the tunnel. Our research reveals a change in behaviour, with those that previously attained music by unlawful means now being enticed by the low costs and ease of use associated with streaming."

"Simply put, many don’t feel they need to go to the same lengths to acquire the music they want, now they have it at their fingertips. Whether or not streaming is what finally banishes illegal downloads remains to be seen, but there are encouraging signs."

For a full breakdown of the figures click HERE.

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