iTunes Surpasses God P2P in Popularity and Usage

According to a recent report by, a study has shown that the iTunes Music Store (iTMS) is competing strongly with peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing services.

The study indicates that iTMS is as favored as LimeWire and ranks just below WinMX, which attracted 2.1 million households for music downloads in the observed month.

Russ Crupnick, president of the NPD Group’s music and movies division, commented on the findings, stating, “These digital download stores have established themselves as a legitimate and appealing alternative to unauthorized file sharing.” This suggests a shift in consumer behavior towards legal avenues for music acquisition.

It’s interesting to note that despite past studies suggesting similar consumer preferences, the integration of Apple’s Intel DRM chips could potentially impact users’ rights to fair use, possibly altering future consumer choices regarding music downloads.



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