Streaming has overtaken both physical sales and digital downloads as the most popular way off listening to music. When they do want a copy they use an app to “rip” the song illegally and download it according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI).
The most popular stream-ripping sites receive 900 million visits in July. “Stream-ripping” has overtaken file-sharing as the most common form of piracy.
And that’s what it is. Something for nothing? No stealing. Someone is paying to produce that music and it’s not these young people whose sense of entitlement appears to extend to depriving musicians of their livelihood.
The recording industry would like YouTube to pay more to artists as they say 82% of young people use the site to listen to music as much as music sites like Spotify. YouTube denies that saying users only spend an hour a month listening to music “far less than music-only platforms”.
Spotify and Apple music paid £1.5billion to record labels last year while YouTube paid a measly £480 million.
Surely the point is that these stream-ripping sites are encouraging people to break the law and steal the work of musicians. And the people who steal it think it’s OK to do that!