According to a recent NPD Group survey, there was a 25 percent decline last year in illegal downloads in the U.S. from P2P sites.
"All the nasty malware and viruses that one can get at some P2P sites is the No. 1 reason why music fans say they helped themselves to fewer unauthorized songs," writes CNET News' Greg Sandoval. "Other reasons for the decline can be traced to the rise of ad-supported music services, such as Pandora, Spotify, and Vevo."
"With web integration such an important aspect of the Internet these days, having to run an independent program to download a song or two just seems clunky to a lot of people," writes. "Alternatively, streaming music sites have much to offer, without a lot of the headaches typically associated with P2P."
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