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December 20, 2007

LimeWire Installed on One-Third of PCs Worldwide

By Calvin Azuri, TMCnet Contributing Editor

A data report jointly released by Digital Music News and media tracking specialist BigChampagne has found that over one-third of all PCs worldwide now have LimeWire installed. For LimeWire, this is a major accomplishment, as the announcement officially makes it the leading P2P application. The application had been the target of a multi-year Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) lawsuit recently.

PC Pitstop collected the data required for this report with the help of voluntary systems scans. The report revealed that, for the third quarter of this year, the application was found installed on 36.4% of all PCs —approximately 1.66 million desktops worldwide.
“LimeWire continues to be the iTunes of P2P by a wide margin, but growth has remained flat over the last several months,” noted Richard Menta, research analyst at Digital Music News.
BigChampagne Online Media Measurement is a leading provider of information on popular entertainment online, specializing in peer-to-peer (P2P) networks. However, BigChampagne is today a hub for information on media consumption. For its intelligence reports, the company collects and analyzes information, from a variety of sources, on media consumption of all types.
Digital Music News is news and information authority for music industry professionals across the world.
As Menta noted, installations of LimeWire, while remarkable overall, has seen declining growth. It witnessed a market penetration level of 34.1% during the same period last year, a growth of just 2.3% to this year
The report was released soon after the legal defeat for LimeWire owner Lime Group LLC in a lawsuit. The company had been accused of anticompetitive, collusive behavior amongst major labels. However, the challenge was dismissed by a federal court, and the attention was then shifted to the infringement suit led by the RIAA. Despite this, consumers continue to use the application to download freebies.
The complete Digital Media Desktop Application report covers thousands of ecommerce, jukebox, BitTorrent, P2P and other applications. It can be purchased at http://www.digitalmusicnews.com/invoice/desktop_q32007
Calvin Azuri is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To see more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.
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