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June 11, 2005
iTunes Isn't Number Two, After All
I was instinctively skeptical of NPD's claim that iTunes has the #2 spot, and it turns out for good reason:
FWIW: the NPD report is basically worthless. The report ignored BitTorrent and eDonkey, the most popular P2P services. The report also treated all users equally; doesn't matter if you've downloaded one song on iTunes and one thousand on Limewire, you're regarded as a single user for each. Saying that iTunes is as popular as Limewire on that basis seems just a bit foolish.
The report is nothing more than pre-Grokster decision ramp up.
(See also: Apple vs. P2P: One Glib Study and Follow-Up: Apple vs. P2P)
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