In news that may come as a shock to RIAA representatives, popular file sharing application LimeWire has been overtaken by rival application uTorrent, according to figures released by TorrentFreak
The survey published by the pro-file sharing group uses data gathered by PC Pitstop on a sample of one million Windows PCs located in North America, and shows that the popular LimeWire package has lost around a quarter of its user base since 2007. The BitTorrent client uTorrent, on the other hand, has enjoyed a doubling of its installed user base in the same time period.
While LimeWire still accounts for a huge 37.9 percent of the file sharing market, uTorrent has grown to encompass 13.51 percent – a figure which is rapidly rising. Interestingly, the uTorrent software is more than twice as popular here in Europe as it is in the US, with 11.6 percent coverage compared to 5.1 percent in America.
Another interesting statistic to come out of the survey is that, according to TorrentFreak, “based on the amount of traffic that is generated by each P2P application, uTorrent would be the absolute winner.
” This shows that the plucky little BitTorrent client is the popular choice amongst the more, shall we say, 'hardcore' data shifter, with LimeWire being the common man's choice for the occasional download.
With more and more companies using BitTorrent as a distribution method for perfectly legitimate
files it's a market many software houses will be looking to break in to, and uTorrent – owned by the BitTorrent corporation itself – is certainly looking like the package to beat.
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