Drop in illegal music downloads as streaming sites take over

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Music lovers are increasingly turning to streaming services rather than illegal downloads, new data from YouGov has revealed.

One in 10 people in the UK download music illegally, compared to 18pc five years ago.

The research also shows that more than six in 10 (or 63pc) have stopped illegally downloading music and have started using streaming services like Apple Music and Spotify. 

A total of 63pc of those that illegally download music expect to still be doing so in five years, while 22pc do not. However 36pc of the 4,009 people in the survey believe that using unverified sources to access music is becoming more difficult. 

The results mark a drastic change from six years ago, when the UK was…

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