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Music piracy declined in US in 2012: Survey

Published on Feb 28, 2013 7:47 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Illegal music downloading by American consumers fell last year, continuing a trend from 2005, a survey showed.

The survey from NPD Group found that the number of consumers using peer-to-peer services to download music declined 17 per cent in 2012.

When file sharing peaked in 2005, one in five Internet users aged 13 and older, or 33 million people, used peer-to-peer services to download music, but fell to 21 million last year.

The volume of illegally downloaded music files declined 26 per cent, the survey found.

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