Global Music Piracy Insight Report 2016
Unlocking value from a new global market
2016 edition highlighting a major behavioural shift by consumers
MUSO’s Global Piracy Insights Report 2016, is the music industry’s trusted annual insights & statistics report on the developing global piracy market. This year’s report reveals a massive shift towards direct downloads for music content – growing by 31% in 2015.
- 28% of all visits to piracy sites in 2015 were through mobile devices, up 8% during the year.
- From January 2015 to December 2015, 12 billion visits to websites were to stream pirated content, 44% of this piracy activity was via mobile devices
- 58 billion visits were to websites which stream pirated music content online, with 28% tracked via mobile streaming piracy
- 2015 saw a 25% rise in the use of YouTube Ripper sites, used primarily for downloading MP3’s from YouTube music Videos
- Despite these changes in behavior, piracy levels remained relatively static throughout the year, with a 5% overall decline
Analysing the entire piracy market for music
2015 demonstrated an increasing behavioral shift towards mobile streaming piracy. These figures were drawn through analysis of global traffic from 14,000 of the largest global piracy websites, comprising of over 141 billion visits to these sites.
Following the trends towards mobile streaming piracy, the ripper piracy from mobile devices overtook piracy from desktop devices, growing by 46% last year. The usage of these sites has proved to be far larger than many realised, making up 17.7% of all visits to piracy sites for music content.
Music piracy reports available
- Our full 256-page Global 2016 report, with a 30 page insights section and commentary from leading figures within the global music industry. Detailed global trends and country rankings for different piracy delivery methods. And our detailed 10-page insight, analysis and statistics sections for the top 18 countries.
- Our country-level 2016 reports, available for key music markets including United States, Germany, United Kingdom, France, Australia, Canada, Brazil, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden, Spain, Mexico, Norway, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, India & Ireland. Country level reports include a detailed piracy profile of that region, and analysis of long term trends and audience behavior towards piracy.