World-wide P2P User Increase

By Jon Newton 9/02/04

The number of active p2p users around the world has increased by about 15% since July, say new findings from a Canadian p2p monitoring company.

The statistic, from Quebec's IT Innovations and Concepts (ITIC), dramatically contradicts Big Four record label cartel statements that its sue 'em all campaign is having a major effect on file sharing.

And BitTorrent - "the most reliable but also the less secure P2P platform among those at the TOP of the charts" - seems to be the platform of choice for "movie piracy and software piracy," says ITIC.

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FastTrack is still the number one network, it says, stating that the user base increased significantly immediately following the landmark Morpheus / Grokster ruling, although ITIC also agreed the end of the holiday season might also have accounted for the increase.

However, eDonkey is still doing well as a serious competitor to Kazaa.

"Small emerging platforms (mainly those relying on anonymous and encrypted networks) are also accountable for such a strong growth; they recently reached an overall population of more than 1M active users," says ITIC.

"The 'More secure networks' trend should be watched closely," it adds.


Jon Newton is the editor of and is a regular contributer to MP3 Newswire. Jon's site is devoted to the politics of digital music and his insights as well as those of his co-writers can be read there. We urge you to explore it.

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