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Illegal music downloads took a nosedive in 2012:
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Google play and amazon music sales helped, I'm sure.
 
But have people started buying more albums on CD?  I guess not. :)
 
Dropped only because have you heard the music lately? I certainly don't want to download Kesha, even illegally...
 
I haven't needed to since subscribing to Spotify. 
 
It's no coincidence that Microsoft Xbox Music and the gaining popularity of Windows Phones started gaining traction in 2012. Ok, seriously... I agree that Google Play and Amazon, who sell mp3 audio and provide cloud streaming to any device, probably made the biggest dent in pirated music. Give people flexibility and options, and they will usually do the right thing. 
 
Yeahh music made after 2006 sucked massive balls...
 
Using music industry logic that most mean sales soared!!!!!!! I doubt it somehow.
 
They didn't drop, they just moved to mobile.
 
or you wouldn't have even got 99% of the shit you torrented in the first place if torrenting didn't exist.
 
1) Android.
2) Free cloud service.
3) Better economy.
 
If you listen mostly mainstream music obviously you'll have a problem finding something good. 
 
People get mad and say law enforcement efforts to stop piracy are completely ineffective, then when piracy numbers drop they credit everything else. Lol.

The biggest difference maker other than that has been the emergence of amazon especially with their music sales. A ton of folks seem to flock to them.
 
+Alejandro Sosa shoplifters save tons of money too. Do you think that is OK? Just because it isn't a physical product doesn't mean its OK. Tens of thousands of man hours were put into each version of windows. When you buy digital content you are in reality buying the service of the work the creator put into it. I'll admit I've pushed the limits on the windows upgrade licences, but what you are describing is just flat out wrong.
 
It's mostly because the music industry has finally reached a reasonable compromise on price and accessibility which wouldn't have happened if not for fears of rampant piracy eating into their glutinous profit margins. The technology shifts have also allowed artists to gain fame through media other than radio and tv airtime. But the RIAA can just pat itself on the back for "achieving" a victory through litigation.
 
maybe its because the quality of the music declined since 2011. hell, who am i kidding? the quality of kusic has been in decline since the mid- to late-1990s
 
Last year had a bunch of incredible musical releases after several years of mediocrity.
 
We're not using our computers for music as much as we are using our phones. It's much easier now to access music from anywhere using itunes, googleplay, Xbox music etc on your phone instead of having to first be at your pc then find the torrent, and wait for it to download. It's just easier to pay the dollar!
 
So... If there's been a decline, then what's the point of bills like ACTA?
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