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The Wall Street Journal: Streaming-music industry still plagued by piracy

Even as Spotify and Apple Music have returned the music business to growth by getting fans to pay, piracy rates remain stubbornly high, according to the record industry’s global trade organization.

The way people pirate music has evolved along with their legitimate listening habits, and piracy is curbing the potential market for subscribers, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry concluded in a report released Tuesday.

Though 86% of consumers listen to music via on-demand services offered by Spotify Technology SPOT, -1.19% SA, Apple Inc. AAPL, +1.39% and others, around 38% of them are getting music through copyright-infringing methods, a rate that has remained consistent in recent years, an IFPI spokeswoman said.

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