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Shouldn't we also look at the total number of internet users per country. The US has about 245M internet users. So that's 0.4 downloads per user.


Were is China on this list??


Musicmetric monitored a very small portion of BitTorrent activity. Sandvine's Internet Phenomena report in 2011 found that p2p was 18.8% of all US Internet traffic and 30% of all European and Asian traffic. According to Envisional, of the top 10,000 torrents, 35% were used to illegally upload and download movies (non-pornographic), 14% for television and 2.9% is used to do so with music. Cisco states that North America used an average of 9,947 Petabytes (1 million Gigabytes) a month in 2011, which would mean that 650 Petabytes were used by illegal music consumption in 2011. At an average of 5Mb per mp3 that is 130 billion mp3s illegally uploaded and downloaded on BitTorrent in the US in 2011. This number makes sense when you look at Pirate Bay's top music torrents. They are largely discographies and compilations with hundreds of songs. With 85m broadband subscribers in the US, that is an average of 1500 songs per broadband household. ethicalfan dot com


And you don't think that's a lot..?


That's not the point. Here is the list when you take the number of internet users in account:

1 Philippines
2 India
3 Portugal
4 Australia
5 Greece
6 Italy
7 Canada
8 United Kingdom
9 Hungary
10 Romania
11 Sweden
12 Belgium
13 Netherlands
14 Chile
15 United States
16 Spain
17 Brazil
18 Poland
19 Mexico
20 France


Thanks for putting the numbers in proportional terms. I was thinking the same thing. *NOT* that I personally support heavy and unregulated torrenting of copyrighted media. I just think that the number of internet users in each country should be taken into account when citing a statistic like this.


without china on the list, i see this as useless - their entire industry revolves around rampant piracy and therefore pushing corporate sponsorship for releases and merch instead of income from mech

Ophelia Millais

It is good perspective to have, but not enough, IMHO. It's based on BitTorrent only, and as such is a measure of the popularity of BitTorrent in each country. The omission of Russia and Japan makes me think they didn't monitor those countries' most popular torrent sites. And I would consider piracy to be more of a problem in countries where income is higher and the availability and price of media lower. Unless the prices are really cheap, it can't be as easy for people in financially struggling countries like India, Greece, Italy and the Philippines to blow money on entertainment in general, so of course they're going to pirate more.

However, I think the original list has merit; if 1% of pirates could be converted to sales across the board, the raw numbers are what the labels care about.


dude, use your brain. Do they listen to English music?

roman palermo

maybe china's numbers runs in the vicinity of trillions that's why decided to exclude it in the list so as not to make the other countries look like a joke.

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