We are not going to hide from anyone that, as happens on other platforms, on Android There are also apps that act illegally, allowing the user to download music to the mobile phone at their own risk and at risk for both the creator of the service and the user. However, taking this risk is absurd, because today there are an infinity of options that allow us to download music on Android without being exposed to any legal problem.
At this point both Spotify, as Google Play Music or similar applications allow you to enjoy streaming music, but both platforms also allow you to access a monthly subscription that, among other features, allow you to download music to the device to be able to listen to it without the need for these connected to the Internet. Both applications serve as a download manager to build our playlists with locally stored music.
Legal situation in Spain
Today it may seem that downloading a song illegally in our country does not have any serious repercussions, but this is not the case. In Spain, the user who downloads music through an Android app does not suffer the penalty directly, but the developer who distributes the content, that is, the app to download songs, is directly responsible.
Over the last few months, numerous pages and services have been closed in our country and the owners of these platforms are forced to pay a fine. In fact, in recent weeks the possibility has been approved for the Government to close web pages or apps without the need for the approval of a judge for this.
There are other regions where the user is punished for engaging in these practices. In the US, for example, a user was sentenced to pay a fine of more than a million dollars for downloading 24 illegal songs from a website.
It is clear that, at the user level, it is not illegal to download music through illegal Android applications, but a change in the legislation is enough for the situation to take a radical turn. In addition, you should know that exercising this activity, beyond the moral consequences that it may have on each one, implies important problems in the Spanish music industry. All this not to mention the possible problems that we can bring to our devices when using apps of dubious origin that can infect our mobile.
Destruction of jobs
But beyond the criminal consequences for downloading music illegally, we have the Spanish example of the destruction of thousands of jobs. Recently, Emilio Santamaría, president of the Association of Technical Representatives of the Spectacle, stressed that in recent years the recording industry has lost 40 percent of its jobs. Recording studios and thousands of technicians, structures, light, sound disappear as a result of piracy.
If we look at pure and hard figures, in the middle of 2019 the music industry loses about 200 million euros a year due to the illegal download of music. The latest study by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), carried out in 2016, revealed that at that time 57 million euros were lost in physical formats and 113 million euros in digital formats. Together these figures account for more than 10% of total music sales in Europe.