Recently we reported that Bittorrent traffic is heavily watched by numerous companies. One of them appears to be MusicMetric, as this company has released a report on music downloading. The company has monitored music downloads in the first half of 2012 and released interesting figures. According to the company there were more than 775 million songs downloaded in the USA alone and in the UK, music pirates downloaded nearly 347 million songs.
The most downloaded release of the first six months of this year was from Rihanna with ‘Talk that Talk’ which was downloaded 1.2 million times. The second most popular release was from Billy Van, an American dubstep artist who was previously unknown before making his music available through Bittorrent. The content was sponsored and this way he could distribute his music legally to a whopping 1 million users. Adele has the dubious pleasure to be third with 990,000 downloads.
The researchers also found that people downloaded less torrents , relative to the GDP, in countries where Spotify and iTunes are available. If you want to read the entire report, get it here (Word document warning).