Life without music is like an easel without colors. No wonder why people love music, especially the ones by their favorite artists. Music streaming is on the surge these days with the three leading labels (UMG, Warner Music, and Sony Music) reporting record streaming revenue this year. In fact, UMG alone has reported a daily earning of a whopping $4.5 million a day from Spotify, YouTube and Apple Music. But if you thought this means music downloads have stopped, you can’t be farther from the truth. Though music downloads have experienced a sharp drop over the years, it’s still far from being dead.
Limelight Networks conducted a new study recently where they took a close look at millions of music listeners’ habits, who were spread across several countries. The study revealed that a significant 46.2% of people were still in favor of downloading their music, which they could listen offline. Among those surveyed, 37% showed preference for streaming music offline, while just 16.8% told they buy CDs. Thus, the study indicated that music downloading is still happening all across the globe in a sizable proportion. Among those surveyed, a whopping 58.9% said the amount of their music download this year was the same as last year. When you consider year-over-year figures, the decline in music downloads come to 4.3%.
Unlike the past when laptops or PCs were the preferred choice for music downloads, smartphones are increasingly becoming the device of choice these days for listening to music. And it’s not music alone. Even other media files like videos and movies too are now increasingly watched on smart devices. But did you know all these make your personal information and device security open to great risks? Yes, that’s right. When you download media files from untrustworthy sources, they may contain malicious codes (which could be incorporated in media files in the form of viruses, spyware, worms or Trojan horses) that would infect your device. Some sites and apps may even seek your permission to access your personal information, which may give hackers a chance to snoop around and access your sensitive information, personal documents, or medical/financial data stored on the device or accessible from it (especially when you have automated login enabled to sites or email accounts etc).
This is indeed scary and many users often don’t spare a thought about the security aspect since all they believe they are doing is simply downloading a few seemingly harmless media files. But since you know better, you should be careful before clicking on any and every link that promises free media file downloads. To offer robust protection to user devices against hackers, some serous test were conducted on certain security programs. You can know more about the test here.