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File Sharing Growth Tops 10PetaBytes

Posted: 13th Jul, 2004 By: MarkJ
Cambridge technology firm Cachelogic has found that file-sharing (P2P) use has almost doubled, with an estimated 10 million users (at any one time) sharing 10,000,000GB+ worth of files:

The findings suggest that recent efforts to cut on illegal downloading of copyrighted material, such as prolific song-swappers in the US being sued by record companies, have not been as successful as first assumed. CacheLogic claims that many file-sharers have simply switched from popular P2P networks such as KaZaA to newer services.

The study found that BitTorrent was the most popular P2P protocol worldwide, consuming significantly more network resources than other network applications, such as KaZaA or eDonkey.

In addition, a vast majority of P2P traffic volumes resulted from large files such as movies, software and games rather than smaller MP3 music files, with the typical file size greater than 100Mb per file transfer.


No doubt the broadband revolution has played a significant part in this. More @ netimperative.com .
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