Users steal more without Napster

— 7:02 PM on September 6, 2001

Wired is reporting that even more files are being traded in the wake of Napster's demise. Led by the popularity of new peer to peer file sharing services, and the ever-increasing number of users with broadband to burn, the copyrighted bits just keep on flowing.

Four new file-sharing systems -- FastTrack, Audiogalaxy, iMesh and Gnutella -- were used to download 3.05 billion files during August, according to research firm Webnoize.

That's more copyrighted material than was ever shared using Napster.

At the beginning of this year when it was at the height of its popularity, Napster users traded nearly 3 billion files.

Let's also remember that these new file sharing services aren't restricted to music files - movies, pirated software, and pr0n have joined MP3s on the sharing block. Even ignoring copyright issues, this is going to create some serious problems for service providers as they find their pipes filled with traffic of questionable legality.

One thing is for sure, my dorm connection is slower this year, with Napster dead, than it was in Napster's glory days last year. Movies and warez are bigger than MP3s, after all.

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