While it continues to be the world's biggest peer2peer file trading source, BitTorrent is still trying to figure out a money-making business model while keeping within the compliance of digital copyright cops.
In the meantime, downloaders keep ripping.
According to research firm BigChampagne, the software is more popular as a file-sharing tool than Napster in its heyday. In fact, it's almost as big as MySpace, with 70 million worldwide users--and can take up as much as 30 percent to 40 percent of the world's Internet traffic, according to bandwidth-measurement firm CacheLogic.
Staying on top of the download buzz, Yahoo! knows what you're up to over the weekend. Despite pleas from music retailers and the RIAA, you're busy stocking up your digital library with free music. Especially on Saturdays. Speaking of which, the recording industry found a new foil this weekend when it announced it would be suing file-sharing software company LimeWire. Already one of Yahoo's top search terms, queries on the file swapper soared.
But the rise in LimeWire buzz wasn't the result of possible legal battles. Interest in the software has everything to do with the day of the week, because when Yahoo Buzz examined the data on LimeWire, they found an interesting graph documenting exactly when downloading heats up (graphic above).
Every spike on the graph above corresponds with a Saturday, the favorite day of the week for music pirates. Like clockwork, searches on LimeWire recede with the start of the work week only to pick back up again each and every Saturday.
I guess Saturday must be music day..cleansing us from all those dysfuntional viral video YouTube viewings we got emailed while at work.
posted by Chris Kennedy @ Monday, August 07, 2006,