The Effects Of Cloud Based Music Streaming On Piracy And Music Consumption

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The effects of cloud based music streaming on piracy and music consumption.

Jonathan Stratton
English 123 B
California Baptist University

With the advent of modern technology, the way our culture consumes music has changes dramatically in the last ten years. With technology developing as rapidly as it is; music piracy has been prosperous while traditional music sales have declined. This essay explores how cloud based music services have affected music consumption and piracy.

Key Terms:
Music Piracy – illegal downloading or sharing of copyrighted music without purchasing.
MP3 – Digital file of a recording designed to reduce storage space.
File Sharing Websites – Sites such as The Pirate Bay
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Over the past decade, cloud streaming has made its way into consumer’s lives. These cloud services allow users to access music from a central database via a website. Users can access this music for free. But only as long as they are connected to the internet. Consumers may also choose to purchase a subscription to these sites which eliminates advertisements and allows unlimited listening online or off. Cloud streaming services have made a large impact on the music industry. It has made such a sizeable impact that Billboard has created a chart for streamed music.
Cloud streaming services provide access through subscriptions which are often paid. Meanwhile piracy offers users free and unlimited access to all music without any limitations. Almost all consumers of pirated music claim that the practice of piracy does not hurt the music industry at all. The book Moser on Music Copyright (2006) argues that piracy does in fact hurt the music industry by examining a study produces by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The RIAA estimates that piracy costs the music industry $300,000,000 in the United States alone. While the United States loss may seem large, the Global loss amounts to roughly $5,000,000,000. In 2004 alone, roughly 34%, of all CD sales, were pirated copies (p. 83). Consumers feel okay with justifying piracy because of the way the music industry appears to be thriving. The music industry appears to be thriving because of
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