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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > LimeWire Closure Decreased P2P Usage Twice

LimeWire Closure Decreased P2P Usage Twice

LimeWire Closure Decreased P2P Usage Twice

Added: Wednesday, March 30th, 2011
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Right To Share
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
Research company announced that the number of US Internet users using P2P networks to infringe copyright has decreased from 16% in 2007 to 9% this year. The reason pointed out is LimeWire closure which took place by court order.


The North American market research company called NPD Group claims that the US online population has declined by nearly half since the closure of the most popular P2P service LimeWire last year.

The number of the country’s Internet users downloading copyrighted music content through P2P declined from 28 mln in 2007 to 16 mln after LimeWire was forced to cease all its operations related to file-sharing.

Entertainment industry analyst explained that LimeWire had been so popular among copyright infringers, and for so long, that its shutdown had had an immediate effect on the number of users downloading copyrighted content from P2P services. Moreover, the researched revealed that the average number of songs downloaded declined by nearly half in the same time frame.

The research company says that LimeWire had accounted for over 50% of peer-to-peer usage for downloading songs before the service was shut down. However, since its closure alternative services like BitTorrent and FrostWire have seen increased usage.

NPD Group has noted that hard-core P2P members would quickly move to other services offering unauthorized music content. So, it’ll be interesting to watch how services like FrostWire take up the slack left by the closed LimeWire. Nevertheless, there’s still a chance that P2P music downloaders will choose to move on to other modes of acquiring content (perhaps even legal ones).

Meanwhile, the research group indicates the increase in FrostWire usage from 10% before LimeWire closure to over 20% afterwards. At the same time, usage of the u-Torrent application also increased from 8% to 12%.

Apart from the mentioned services, there are a lot of other P2P alternatives, especially the LimeWire Pirate Edition. However, the research group didn’t reveal other possible reasons for the decline in the usage of peer-to-peer networks. Indeed, it’s unlikely that ex-LimeWire users just quit file-sharing altogether with the service’s closure. The more likely explanation would be a shift to free streaming services.

The most interesting part of all this is despite the research group claimed that P2P usage has dropped, the music industry claimed the contrary. As usual, though.

March 30th,2011

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Date:  Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Comments (7) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2011-03-30 20:04:27)
InkSlinger666 avatarThanks SaM for the info...I knew Limewire was big back in the day, Just not that big....Torrent forever.....

posted by (2011-03-31 00:41:56)
Brynn217 avatarUmmm.. I'd just like to know how they compile these bogus statistics?!?... I mean, I might actually be inclined to agree with them mainly because the American public as a whole have no business even on a computer because they are too stupid to use one. (which is why I get so much side work fixing systems) The reason they stopped infringing is simply they don't know how else to download music. Since Limewire Pirate verison is released as a torrent, you must understand the torrent file system (like downloading utorrent) then actually find out that it exists... But thats for Limewire, Frostwire still works for most of the kiddies who use it... most of the people who were left without any options simply didn't know what options they had available, the usage of torrents will take its place, but spreads word of mouth. But how can they even estimate how many people used it anyway? or How many people infring now?

posted by (2011-03-31 03:44:49)
DEMONLORD avataragree with 2 alot on this topic. it was funny how it didnt even take a month for the limewire pirate edition to come out once the main limewire service was shut down. and frostwire and limewire pirated edition used the same network service last time i checked, the gnelleou service or something like that. but, i think torrenting is the way to go now anyways. easy to use and have more control over it. i still have the limewire pirated edition for back up for when i cant find something online torrent wise as a last ditch effort.

posted by (2011-03-31 05:12:16)
evilmother avatari think the numbers they got are bs from the start .There just trying to make them selves look good like there realy stoping them .As for limewie why not get frostwire kazza who lets ppl charg you to D/L stuff they stold and a lode of sights that make you use things like Rappidshare that cost money to D/L stuff .I dont get it to be real Lime did not charg ppl to use there sight it was free. How menny do you know that make big bucks 1 way or another on there sights like porn adds like adult frend finder and back to things like Rappidshare .Last i can rember the word SHARE ment giveing it for FREE

posted by Turtle (2011-03-31 09:21:04)
diddles707 avataroohhh its good to have post's back

posted by Blocked (2011-03-31 12:31:41)
menahunie avatarHey I'd use these BS numbers in court and shove it up their arses when they claim billions in lost revenues..

posted by (2011-04-01 10:40:10)
evilmother avatarits like if they can prove every number they got that meens they know every body that that number gose to but they dont i would like to know were every cent the lawers get gose to i bet 100$ less then 10% gose were they say it is
just like the donation scames send 5$ to wopy over seas out of that 5 he gets 50 cents

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