P2P popularity shifts from BitTorrent to eDonkey

— 1:59 AM on August 29, 2005

Although BitTorrent has been all the rage of late, it appears that peer-to-peer users are migrating to eDonkey. eDonkey has been around for years, but its renewed popularity may be a result of Hollywood's aggressive pursuit of illegal torrent providers like Suprnova.org.

Even with BitTorrent popularity fading, overall peer-to-peer traffic remains strong. Current estimates peg P2P network traffic as high as 70% of all ISP traffic, which is pretty staggering. Not all P2P traffic is piracy, but with spam also responsible for a significant portion of internet traffic, one has to wonder just how much bandwidth is consumed by legal activity.

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