Spotify aids fight against piracy

Darren Allan

November 6, 2009

Apparently music streaming service Spotify is helping to curb the appetites of illegal file downloaders in the UK.

Research sponsored by indicates that 62% of those who admit carrying out illegal downloads reckon that Spotify has helped them reduce the amount of files they are illegally grabbing.

James Parker, Broadband Manager at, said: “With Spotify joining the ranks of legal music sites, illegal downloading seems set to become much less popular.”

“Streaming music for free or for a reasonable fee whilst on the move could spell the end for illegal downloading and could even send the CD the way of the mini-disc and cassette tape.”

The survey of 2,300 people also highlighted the fact that illegal downloading is worse amongst men – 16% of males admitted it, in comparison with 9% of women. Although that could just mean women are better liars.

But the most telling statistic emerged in terms of age – 30% of under twenties said they engaged in the practice.


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