TPB has become an institution that people just expected to be there. Noone willing to take the technology further. The site was ugly, full of bugs, old code and old design. It never changed except for one thing – the ads. More and more ads was filling the site, and somehow when it felt unimaginable to make these ads more distasteful they somehow ended up even worse.
Douglas Karr on what we call online piracy:
…I don’t fault the consumer and I empathize with the folks breaking the law. After all, isn’t this just capitalism? When the cost surpasses the desire, the only thing left is a black market to get the product or service from. Unfortunately, these industries grew so big and powerful that they’ve got politicians in their back pocket to try to crank out laws every week to try to stop the hemorrhaging. Folks… this isn’t a criminal issue, it’s a market issue.
It’s obnoxious to buy a Hulu Plus subscription to watch a show that ends up being “web only.”
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.