Digital Music Index report reveals the top 10 BitTorrent countries

By on September 18, 2012, 4:30 PM

Musicmetric just released the first edition of the Digital Music Index, a report claiming to be the most in-depth study ever conducted on the digital music landscape. The DMI looks at a plethora of metrics including the popularity of licensed services like Spotify, Pandora and iTunes as well as how various artists are engaging fans using social networks. But their data related to worldwide BitTorrent usage is getting the most media attention today.

Musicmetric tracked 750,000 artists over a six month span ending in June 2012 and discovered that 405 million releases were downloaded in that time span. Unsurprisingly, the United States topped the list at nearly 97 million downloads. The UK placed second with just over 43 million downloads while Italy, Canada and Brazil rounded out the top five with 33.1 million, 23.9 million and 19.7 million downloads, respectively.

The most popular illegally downloaded album in the world was Rihanna’s Talk that talk. In the US, Drake’s The Motto was downloaded more than any other release. Top honors in the UK go to Ed Sheeran’s Plus while Lauren Pausini’s album Inedito was the biggest hit in Italy. The study found that 78 percent of music torrents globally were of full albums.

Despite what appears to be rampant piracy, digital music revenues of record companies grew by eight percent in 2011 to an estimated $5.2 billion. For reference, 2010’s growth rate was only five percent and this is the first time the year-on-year growth rate has increased since digital revenues were first measured in 2004.




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1 person liked this | ikesmasher said:

If your gonna do it illegally, at least do something better than rihanna...

Guest said:

Ye I can tell the music industry is really in a bad position with piracy I mean come on $5.2billion in 2011 according to some court cases lately they seem a bit short on what they should be getting... a few trillion dollars.

Guest said:

Yeah the recording industry as you can see has been hit hard by the recession a measly 5billion is noway near satisfactory it needs more to be able to produce crap music remakes and then find talent from shows like xfactor which im sure they make a nice profit just in advertising etc what happens to all this profit does it just line the pockets of the already stupidly rich or does maybe a little go back into building recording studios, funding up and coming student writers etc.

Just think if they didnt waste so much on fighting piracy I bet there profit would be double so much is wasted fighting a losing battle there will always be piracy online or not accept this.

3 people like this | slamscaper slamscaper said:

Oh man... This is just so tragic.

Britney Spears used to have a Gulfstream IV private jet. Sadly, illegal downloaders have forced her to downgrade to a Gulfstream III, which doesn't even have a remote control for it's built in DVD surround sound system.

Now that so many Metallica songs have been downloaded illegally, Lars Ulrich can't afford to purchase the gold-plated shark tank bar he wants to put by his pool this month. Instead, he's going to have wait three whole months to get it.

Master P's son, Lil Romeo, has always dreamed of owning a island in French Polynesia. His birthday is coming soon, but Lil Romeo may never get his island if everyone keeps sharing his father's music.

So there you have it. If you keep downloading music for free, recording artists will be forced to live a life of only semi-luxury. Can you live with yourself knowing that you put them into this position? Didn't think so...

dennis777 dennis777 said:

If I cant buy/afford a music album and downloaded it through the internet (direct/torrent), in that scenario is it a consider lost?

PinothyJ said:

If your gonna do it illegally, at least do something better than rihanna...

In their defence, who is honestly going to risk someone seeing them buy the album or have purchase in your Paypal transaction list?

Guest said:

So much for america constantly pointing the finger at other countries.

TJGeezer said:

Finger-pointing at other countries is just the poor, nonprofit association (MPAA, RIAA) tactic for keeping Amerika asleep while they buy a few more senators and congressmen.

BlueDrake said:

I've honestly given up on mainstream music, there's nothing worth hearing anymore. That and I much prefer VGM to such trash. I'm sorry for labeling it like that to anyone offended, but name really what songs are THAT worth listening to? Most good songs are from years ago, when nothing sounded like a broken record.

The most you would see in my PayPal? Most likely just purchases for indie bundles, VGM bundles or something needed. Nothing spent on mainstream music, nor even remotely interested now. Listening to the radio is about all I need, to know that such music is getting worse.

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