Perhaps the most positive impact on the transition to streaming music has been the steady decline of overall music piracy. While it still certainly happens in doses, the rapid declination of the illegal industry has been noticeable over the past few years, which non-coincidentally comes with law forces taking many of the familiar piracy sites down for good, including entities like Grooveshark and MegaUpload. Now, another pro-active force in the piracy ring has met its end.

Yesterday, the Recording Industry Association of America released a statement announcing the seizure and takedown of Sharebeast by the FBI, noting it was the largest music piracy site currently in the U.S. RIAA Chairman & CEO Cary Sherman issued a statement on the event, saying, "This is a huge win for the music community and legitimate music services. Sharebeast operated with flagrant disregard for the rights of artists and labels while undermining the legal marketplace."

He added, "millions of users accessed songs from Sharebeast each month without one penny of compensation going to countless artists, songwriters, labels and others who created the music. We are grateful to the FBI and the Department of Justice for its strong stand against Sharebeast and for recognizing that these types of illicit sites wreak major damage on the music community and hinder fans’ legitimate listening options."