Spotify has long argued that it isn’t killing music sales, but is rather reducing piracy — and the company now has some numbers to back that claim up: This week, Spotify published a report that shows that piracy in the Netherlands has gone down just as Spotify has become more popular in the country.
The report is authored by Spotify’s director of economics Will Page, who joined the company last fall and previously worked as a well-respected economist for the British collecting society PRS for Music (hat tip to TorrentFreak).
Spotify launched in the Netherlands in 2010. Check out how music piracy has changed in the country over the last few years, and compare that to other types of piracy:
What’s more, Page was able to highlight how artists who have their music on Spotify see significantly less piracy — and as a result actually more record sales — than…
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