Get SF Weekly Newsletters

Thursday, March 24, 2011

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

Posted By on Thu, Mar 24, 2011 at 3:30 PM

click to enlarge free_limewire_download_sm.png

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? 

Follow us on Twitter @SFAllShookDown, follow Adrian Covert @adilla, and like us at

  • Pin It

Tags: , ,

About The Author

Adrian Covert


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed

Like us on Facebook


  • 24th Annual Autumn Moon Festival
    Crowds gathered September 6-7 for the 24th Annual Autumn Moon Festival in Chinatown. Visitors enjoyed arts, crafts, cultural exhibits, food and a dog fashion show. Photographs by Dhoryan Rizo.
  • Felton: Touring the Redwoods
    Blue skies meet redwood canopies in the mountain town of Felton, located just north of Santa Cruz on Highway 9. Once a bustling logging community, the town is now a mix of mellow locals and serene wilderness. Visitors can enjoy the redwoods in nearby Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park and splash in swimming holes in the San Lorenzo River. For a bite to eat stop by Rocky’s Cafe for fruit-laden pancakes, barbeque at the Cowboy Bar & Grill and poolside burgers at the Trout Farm Inn. Other stops worth checking out include Roaring Camp Railroads, the Mount Hermon zip line tour, and the educational Bigfoot Discovery Museum. For beer or cocktails a log cabin bar has you covered.