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P2P Population Reaches Record High in July

Postby SlyckTom » Mon Aug 08, 2005 9:02 am

A truly fascinating phenomenon is occurring in the P2P world. Despite the legal campaigns from the MPAA and RIAA, the Supreme Court ruling, and growth of industry services such as iTunes, the P2P population continues to surge. Adding to the fascination is the fact the population is growth during a time when we actually see P2P's numbers decline.

Typically, the summer months prove to be weakest times for file-sharing. Various reasons, such as the absence of college students, summer BBQs, vacationing, holidays, and other outdoor activities keep the P2P population low. However, the last two summer months (June and July) have witnessed the P2P population hit record highs.

June 2005 saw a record of 8,888,436 simultaneous users. This number would jump over a half a million to hit 9,496,203 in July. This marks a substantial increase, considering it took the P2P population almost six months (January 05 to June 05) to grow the same amount. The P2P population in the United States, where file-sharers are most subject to copyright enforcement, saw its population grow from 6.5 million to 6.87 million in the last two months, according to BigChampagne.

So the question on everyone’s minds...what is causing this population surge? In all likelihood, the same set of circumstances that is causing industry approved services such as iTunes and Napster to surge as well. Although Napster reported a wider loss in the first quarter of 2005, its revenues surged as well as its user base. Of course iTunes, the icon of sanctioned music services, recorded its 500 millionth download last month.

The consensus appears to be that surging broadband usage is offsetting any normal decline in P2P usage for the summer months. For example, the college population that typically uses P2P in college continues to have high-speed incentive as penetration reaches a majority of American households during the summer. In addition, broadband penetration also is helping to fuel industry approved services as well, although a recent survey by "The Leading Question" suggests the P2P community may also be a leading factor to its success.

While each side in the great online copyright wars enjoys claiming victory over each courtroom battle or new statistical analysis, the truth remains the both the copyright industry and P2P users have both won this conflict. The copyright industry is enjoying great success with its new line of music services while P2P users have a continuous stream of new tools to download and trade material. Times are good for both sides, despite the showboating that occurs on the surface.
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Postby irish » Mon Aug 08, 2005 11:38 am

How many millions have the entertainment industry actually spent on trying to 'fight the war on trading'? And now this result comes out to show them that it obviously isn't working. The numbers will only continue to grow as broadband access grows and reaches new areas of the world.
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Postby beaver » Mon Aug 08, 2005 2:56 pm

Obviously if we're to beleive the recent claims of the **AA, DOJ, and Congress this surge in usage can only be attributed to increasing numbers of pedophiles and terrorists. Lock up your children and stay away from large crowds - evil P2P is spreading like a cancer.
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Postby puzzlepants » Mon Aug 08, 2005 3:57 pm

Sweet. Now I have more people to leech porn, spyware, and viruses from on Kazaa :lol:
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Postby vtwin0001 » Mon Aug 08, 2005 6:21 pm

Great article :D

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Postby rsrikanth05 » Tue Aug 09, 2005 3:47 am

Never use Kazaa
P2P population will keep goin up cos there are lots of folks out there who spread the word.
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Postby squirm » Tue Aug 09, 2005 12:15 pm

More users, but is that translating to more files?
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Postby valoem » Tue Aug 09, 2005 2:45 pm

this p2p population refers to emule, kazaa, bt, and other free p2p right?

This doesnt include iTunes and other pay to share p2p right because they def dont count
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Postby Vulture » Tue Aug 09, 2005 3:06 pm

I wonder how many of these new users are actually users - not those flooding, faking bots or dodgy statistics from untrustworthy emule servers.
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Postby altpdend » Tue Aug 09, 2005 6:29 pm


I wonder how many of these new users are actually users - not those flooding, faking bots or dodgy statistics from untrustworthy emule servers.

I think thay if t those servers and bots were counted it would have shown a much bigger increase
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Postby Flash » Wed Aug 10, 2005 4:50 am

The MPAA can thank themselves for the increase in downloading. They did advertise it on TV after all.
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Postby swoosh » Wed Aug 10, 2005 5:38 am

altpdend wrote:

I wonder how many of these new users are actually users - not those flooding, faking bots or dodgy statistics from untrustworthy emule servers.

I think thay if t those servers and bots were counted it would have shown a much bigger increase

I think you're right Altpdend. If they counted the servers it would almost duplicate the number of emule/edonkey users. It's most likely for an Ed2k/Emule user to also connect to Overnet/Kad.
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Postby thehmc » Thu Aug 11, 2005 4:15 am

I agree with Flash. I think this growth is in part due to the **AA's constant publicity campaign. Everytime they mention suing filesharing users, they're advertising filesharing itself. Filesharing companies can't pay for that kind of media penetration.
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Postby eclectica » Fri Aug 12, 2005 3:22 pm

This shows that the RIAA needs to step up its legal campaign one thousandfold and sue tens of millions rather than tens of thousands.
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