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There were 17 million stream-rippers in the US during 2018, up two million from 15 million in 2017, according to a new study by market research and industry analysis firm MusicWatch.
In a statement issued yesterday, May 30, MusicWatch said its Annual Music Study found that the top 30% of stream-rippers copied an average of 112 files last year (the equivalent of more than 10 full music albums).
Stream-ripping is a form of music piracy where users download a file from a streaming site like YouTube.
One of the biggest factors for those who use stream-ripping was that they wanted to own the music, but didn’t like the music enough to pay for it (37% said this). Additionally, 46% of stream-rippers said they did so because they wanted to listen to the songs when they were offline.
The report also uncovered statistics about the profiles of those who stream-ripped music in the last year. It said that 56% of stream-rippers were male, and 68% were aged between 13-34 years old.
Additionally, 34% of stream-rippers are full or part time students while 43% are from white collar professions.
The report said that most stream-rippers were well educated and from higher income backgrounds, with nearly half (48%) coming from higher income backgrounds.
MusicWatch said that “discouraging stream-ripping isn’t just good for music; it’s good for the entire entertainment ecosystem”.
“If they’ll pirate music they’ll likely also take movies, TV shows and other forms of IP,” it added.
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