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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Claim: Limewire's Shutdown Reduced Music Piracy by 7 Percent

Posted By on Thu, Mar 24, 2011 at 3:30 PM


The nationally-recognized market research nerds NPD Group just released their latest poll, which suggests the shutdown of the file-sharing application Limewire this past October reduced peer-to-peer-based music piracy in the U.S. by a significant 7 percent. 

Wait, that many of you were still using Limewire?

According to The NPD Group, a leading market research company, the percentage of the U.S. Internet population using a P2P file-sharing service to download music has fallen from a high of 16 percent in the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2007 to just 9 percent in Q4 2010 when Limewire ceased its file-sharing operations.
If you want to trust NPDs surveying methods, you know how many people that would be? Roughly 15 million MP3 pirates who have since changed their ways, or found another way to steal music (assuming the U.S. Internet population is 220 million people). And in general, peer-to-peer music piracy has dropped off by 16 percent since the end of 2007 (which includes illegal downloads via bit torrents). Does that mean you all just found better ways to get free music? Or is the RIAA's crusade actually working?

And while I will reserve any judgements about the ways in which we acquire our music, I'm still hung up on how many people were using the archaic, virus-laden Limewire (and will judge you for that). Seriously, what's wrong with you people? 

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