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

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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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Limewire is no doubt one of the great application to download. As I love to download more and more videos & music so this application will definitely going to help me a lot. As it is active peer to peer file sharing software & provides unlimited downloading which makes me a big fan of it.limewire download

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I think limewire is one of the best p2p file sharing software, the closing of limewire services has made its users and fans very disappointed as the features like unlimited downloading and encrypted connections that limewire provides are hard to be replaced.

Brbiker
Brbiker

Yep. With limewire gone I just use Real player to download from Youtube and the likes and then use Real coverter to go from vid to MP3, Real easy. Thanks Limewire. Now I have other means to get what I want.

Nobody
Nobody

Piracy of music is down because the music industry is stagnant. Look at the top 10 these days. It's not about actual music, it's about who's gimmick works better, who's had the latest scandalous Tweet, who does anything to keep there name in the media buzz. If you are hungry and poor, do you steal a bag of sugar or a loaf of bread?

higado2
higado2

Yeah, I use Frostwire for MP3s .... but I rarely go downloading songs because, like Nobody said above, today's music is mostly garbage!

higado2
higado2

Oh, and I forgot to mention that I use it ONLY for MP3 .... anything else must be obtained from somewhere else! hehehe

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