IFPI CEO Frances Moore has delivered a bullish defence of the music industry’s support for digital innovation, speaking at the Music Matters conference in Singapore. “We are a business that gets the internet,” she said. “Consumer choice in music has transformed and is still widening. 30 million tracks available. More than 500 licensed services worldwide. These are impressive statistics and they debunk the myth still peddled by some that the music industry has not fully licensed its repertoire for the digital age.” Moore hailed globalisation, with major international digital services now present in “more than 150” countries – Deezer’s rapid rollout accounts for much of that, of course – while suggesting that recorded music is “driving internet traffic. Helping to sell devices. And helping a much broader digital economy. Music is an engine of the digital world”. Moore also said that Asia in particular is “at a pivotal moment of development” as more legal digital services launch, but warned that problems posed by unlicensed services “is generally worse than the global average”.

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