In 2020, torrents and peer-to-peer file-sharing programs are no longer as popular, it's easy to assume everyone switched to streaming, however; what if the industry overlooked something important?
Kyle Keith, Ascendents Corporation founder/president and lead singer-songwriter/electric guitarist from The Ascendents rock band, mentions how the COVID-19 pandemic has adversely affected industry artists -- when normally musicians everywhere could be generating income from live events/touring, currently it is not happening legally, causing skilled music artists whose careers rely on the music industry to struggle even harder for survival, greater hindering culture/society's ability to create art.
Discovering artist music downloads being leaked/offered for free by a trusted distribution partner (as if the work is worthless) is disappointing, because of a consensus that these mainstream distribution partners had a similar business model of generating income for artists all around the world.
Perhaps this alternate server interfaces with their main servers, while removing undeniable connections back to their business, because if the backdoor website is simply a hack by another third-party and the site name is a coincidence, then why would the real company allow it to continue, maybe they aren't watching their Google results?
Verify the existence of the download site for yourself! (For information purpose only, not for illegally downloading music)
1. Google search for: qq music search
2. Navigate to download site
3. Search for a song
4. Press the download button
It's easy to wonder how many random internet users have found their way to the download site, the streaming service is said to have half a billion listeners.
Use this calculator to estimate potential lost music revenue.
i.e. 20,000,000 users * 50 songs each * $0.99 per song
= $990 million dollars per period
Music from all major distributors have been found on the site, escalating this for public discussion.