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Music Piracy Down After Limewire Shutdown

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LimeWire Shutdown Leads To Drop In Piracy

After the shutdown of the popular P2P music/file sharing program Limewire, the NPD Group is reporting a drop in overall piracy going on!

Here are some deets:

Filesharing activity fell from 12% of U.S. Internet users in the third quarter of last year-the last quarter the service was active-to 9% in the fourth quarter after the service was shut down.

NPD estimates that's 12 million more people downloading music illegally then there are today. In that same time, NPD says the average number of music files downloaded from P2P services fell from 35 tracks per user to 18.

Just the announcement of the impending lawsuit against the program caused users to abandon the ship, dropping the amount from 56% to 32%. Quite the fall!

As you'd expect, this wasn't the only way to get illegal music out there, so NPD will be watching to see if other ways spike in activity.

Limewire had been around for so long that its shut down has had a huge effect!

Pret-ty inneresting!

How do U feel about music piracy and the sinking of the Limewire Pirate Ship??

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24 comments to “Music Piracy Down After Limewire Shutdown”

  1. 1

    Sounds goot to me! I still buy CD's!

  2. 2

    there is still a lot of other sources.

  3. 3

    Youtube to mp3 programs are going to be in full swing now, if only more people used them… it's ten times better and faster than LimeWire ever was

  4. 4

    i used to use it back in middle school, but stop when it started destroying my computer

  5. 5

    People are just using torrents and finding other ways to share files, that's all.

    It doesn't hurt that technology is starting to catch up. That's going to have an effect on piracy in general. For example: I used to download movies quite often. Then I got Netflix. Now I never download movies.

    I find most people are willing to pay for digital media- they just don't like being ripped off. They don't want to buy a CD filled with shitty music just so they can hear one or two good songs. They don't want to pay $20+ for a bunch of bonus features they didn't ask for in order to watch a DVD that cost pennies to manufacture.

  6. 6

    Hmm…maybe it's because everybody's now got all the good stuff downloaded already…seriously. If this group is counting only P2P as the source of illegal downloading, then those figures are ridiculously skewed, as there are many sources for downloads.

  7. 7

    art should be free and shared with everyone. i disagree with the music industry for making songs cost money. artists should make their money from shows and concerts…not from making people pay for their music. i dunno. just my opinion.

  8. 8

    I believe this - I was a Limewire user for years until it was shut down, I now pay for all of my music I buy from iTunes……and feel a lot better for it!

  9. 9

    Sign onto usenet through Giganews. Millions of free tracks.

  10. 10

    i miss Limewire. A lot!

  11. 11

    I'm sure the tech support world is rejoicing.

  12. 12

    I used to use that before I switched to something else. I had no idea they'd shut it down.

  13. 13

    Just download torrents. Everything exists on torrents you just need to learn how to find them. Last time i bought music is like 10 years ago, and that was just a single. I've never bought a movie either, i just download them in the same quality as i would get if i bought it. And the beautiful thing is, since i live in Sweden i cant even get caught for illegal downloading. Everyone i know downloads, its the best way!

  14. 14

    I don't miss LimeWire a bit. Let's see, crappy bit rate, mislabeled songs, porn…Yeah its a wonder people still used that crap. Oh wait, most people are too lazy to learn anything about their computer, or the internet.

  15. 15

    lol limewire was still on? i stop using that when i was 13 years old, well anyways im a kinda of person who donwloads a lot but only cuz some tv shows/movies take ages to appear on my country but even so sometimes after downloading a movie i still buy it if i really like what im seeing. torrents are the way to go :p

  16. Lumie says – reply to this


    Re: erikasjammin – Well, I think artist should have the right to decide for their own art.

  17. 17

    I'm sure the point of illegal downloading is that nobody knows about it. I don't believe these figures. I'm too poor to buy music.

  18. 18

    i don't blame people for pirating music. frankly, i'd rather risk it and do that or just not download at all rather than spend $1.06 per song on itunes .. i'm not a big fan of being ripped off. $20 bucks for an album, nah i'm good..

  19. 19

    With all the hacking taking place on Limewire, it became a useless program. Why destroy a 1000 dollars computer to download 50 dollars worth of songs?

  20. 20

    Wish I could still download actually. I'd like to have my cassette collection on my computer..so, I bought it once, that's good enough. The reason I say I wish I still could was my cable company caught up with me. Be careful, I was downloading torrents. Least the first one was a warning :)

  21. 21

    im PISSEDDDD.. i dont have money for that crap to buy a full 20 buck cd for one stinkin song i like…

  22. 22

    Aside from the totally inaccurate term "piracy" being used in referrence to people sharing their own property, it is hardly a knock. I've already got my new program in full swing. Didn't miss a beat.

  23. 23

    I buy cd's but I won't by everysingle song I like understand that parents don't want teens to buy on internet anything ANYTHING and I won't buy a crappy cd for just one song buut other ways of downloading music were better than limewire it sucked

  24. 24

    A lot of the limewire users that i know switched to frostwire(Limewire's retarded cousin) when Limewire shutdown.
    The fact that frostwire sucks balls has made majority of people move onto other means of downloading I.E torrents, youtube to mp3 converters etc. Piracy will never die, that's something the music industry needs to accept.