When asked about Allen's recent outburst on the subject Shakira insisted she embraced the inevitable sharing of her songs.
"I like what's going on because I feel closer to the fans and the people who appreciate the music," she explained.
"It's the democratisation of music in a way, and music is a gift. That's what it should be, a gift."
Songwriter Norah Jones agreed she was less concerned about illegal downloads than others but conceded she was in a better place than some smaller artists might be. "If people hear it I'm happy. I'm not going to say go and steal my album, but you know I think its great that young people who don't have a lot of money can listen to music and be exposed to new things," she said. "But I also understand it's not ideal for the record industry, and a lot of young artists who won't make any music off their album sales, but at least they can tour." While it seems unlikely that the star's record companies would agree, many top-selling artists are clearly in a much stronger financial position.
Indeed Allen's recent blogs on the subject voiced her concern for younger bands, struggling to make ends meet - although Nelly Furtado believes dedication will always win through.
"If you love music you're going to make it anyway," she told Sky News. "You'll find an audience, and you may not make like millions of dollars but you'll make enough to have a house and a family and a car. I don't know though, maybe the clock is ticking."