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The number of young broadband users who illegally download content has decreased, new research has revealed.

According to figures from UK Music, an umbrella body that represents the UK's music industry, 61 per cent of young people download content illegally.

More than 1,800 14 to 24-year-olds were surveyed for the organisation by the University of Hertfordshire and the findings represent a three per cent drop from the figure recorded last year.

Of those questioned who said that they illegally download music from the internet, however, 83 per cent said that they do so either daily or weekly.

Feargal Sharkey, Chief Executive of UK Music, commented: "Over the past 12 months, the licensed digital music market has diversified enormously - epitomised by competition in the download market and the traction being gained by streaming services."

The survey also revealed that young people would not be interested in paying for online streaming services such as Spotify.

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