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The Pirate Bay Announces 3 Million Registered Users
September 22, 2008
Thomas Mennecke
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The Pirate Bay, who last week announced they would no longer speak to the mainstream media, is still managing to get their message out. In a blog post made yesterday, The Pirate Bay crossed two impressive barriers: 3 million registered users with over 14 million peers.

Earlier this year, Slyck reported that The Pirate Bay had achieved another impressive milestone by crossing the 10 million user barrier. The successive statistical achievements hearken back to the earlier days of P2P, when it was often times the norm to report on networks that would break the 500,000 or 1 million user threshold. Those were the days when P2P networks like eDonkey2000, LimeWire and AresGalaxy ruled the scene. Today, its networks like The Pirate Bay.

The Pirate Bay is much different from the earlier file-sharing linage. During the earlier portion of this decade, most file-sharing networks were self-contained within their respective applications. BitTorrent is more like a wild dog - and out in the Internet horizon is a networking protocol named BitTorrent. It's up to the trackers, such as The Pirate Bay, to unify this loose conglomeration of users. The results so far have been impressive.

As the entertainment industry is often quick to point out, the P2P population has indeed stagnated - if not in all out recession. Using applications such as LimeWire or eMule is not as popular as it once was. The reason being is that BitTorrent can do just about everything these older networks could - and with greater efficiency. That's not to say that older P2P networks are by any means useless. LimeWire remains an excellent resource for a quick MP3, while eDonkey2000 is considered unparalleled for unearthing rare files. What is often forgotten is that while the P2P population declines, the BitTorrent population shines.

As The Pirate Bay continues to expand their service, it’s only natural to question what progressions and features may come next. In a Tech Crunch article posted today, the next venture for this Swedish tracker could be movie streaming. The article mentions a side project called “” (which is now offline), however, Peter Sunde of The Pirate Bay told Slyck, " is a scam. it's not ours." Whether The Pirate Bay gets into movie streaming could be a real possibility one of these days, however, it won't be associated with the above domain.

Until then, the world can only look back and continue to watch as The Pirate Bay’s population continues its expansion.

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