No One Pirates Music Anymore

Epicenter reports that music piracy is low on the list of things people download through BitTorrent.

Envisional’s researchers looked through the 10,000 most popular files being managed by the PublicBT BitTorrent tracker and broke it down by type. Pornography was, err, on top, with films coming next in popularity. Music sits way down the list.

The first comment echoes my thoughts:

The study uses BitTorrent data, and BitTorrent is primarily suited for sharing large files (aka video media and software) rather than small ones (mp3’s). So larger files would no doubt appear more prominent.

Although I don’t think anyone I know really pirates music the P2P way anymore. Most are happy with Pandora.

I’m not sure what the conclusion here is: that people are finding legitimate ways to get their music fix or that people don’t care enough to download music for free.