File Sharing Continues to Rise. Approaching 9 Million Simultaneous Users

By Jon Newton 7/12/05

p2pnet regularly runs statistics from BigChampagne which prove indisputably that, contrary to claims from the Big Four record labels, file sharing is on the rise, and has been for some considerable time.

As we recently emphasised, the average number of users simultaneously connected to p2p networks each month around the world has rocketed from 3,847,565 in August, 2003, to 8,722,793 up to June 17, 2005, as per BigChampagne research results.

digital music news now reports the average number of simultaneous users on p2p networks, “inched up again in June, reaching 8.9 million”.

Jon Newton

The numbers come from BigChampagne and the post goes on, “That is a modest 2.6 percent increase over May, and a substantial 20.1 percent jump over the same period last year. US users accounted for about 75 percent of the global total, with both figures closely aligned.

“The increase is notable heading into the summer months, which normally produce a drop in P2P traffic. That seasonal effect could confuse any effect that the recent MGM v. Grokster decision has on overall volume, though so far there has not been a notable dip. Overall, P2P traffic levels have been steadily increasing over the past few years. Current levels are now double what they were in September, 2003, when the RIAA first initiated lawsuits against individual file-sharers.”

That Grokster may have affected file sharing is about as realistic as the idea that Big Music’s RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) sue ‘em all marketing campaign is encouraging people to buy ‘product’.


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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