Feeds

Napster has huge number of users – shock!

Market research stats tell us what we already know

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Remote control for virtualized desktops

You can't say Napster isn't popular. The latest usage statistics, unveiled yesterday by online market researcher Media Metrix, shows the number of US home-based users the MP3 sharing software increased six-fold between February and August.

At the start of the year, Media Metrix found that just over 1.1 million people accessing the Net from US homes had used Napster's software at least once. By August, that figure had risen to 6.7 million, an increase of around 506.8 per cent.

The number of users accessing the service from their place of work hit 1.2 million in August, said Media Metrix.

Since it began offering its music-sharing software and service, Napster claims to have had around 32 million users in total. Media Metrix's numbers, for home and work, puts the total at 28.5 million, but that doesn't take into account users outside North America.

Still, Napster has a long way to go to match the usage of the various PC-based media players, such as Windows Media Player QuickTime Player and RealPlayer, which had over 38 million unique users in August alone, according to Media Metrix's numbers.

Recent stats from Webnoize puts Napster download activity at 1.4 billion songs in September. Allowing for around 40 per cent growth in user numbers between August and September - the increase between July and August was 30 per cent, according to Media Metrix - that means each users downloaded around 127 songs each. No wonder the Recording Industry Association of America is pissed off... ®

Related Stories

Napster enabled 1.4bn song swaps in September
No verdict in Napster trial

Full Coverage: The Napster Controversy

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
BIG FAT Lies: Porky Pies about obesity
What really shortens lives? Reading this sort of crap in the papers
Assange™ slumps back on Ecuador's sofa after detention appeal binned
Swedish court rules there's 'great risk' WikiLeaker will dodge prosecution
You think the CLOUD's insecure? It's BETTER than UK.GOV's DATA CENTRES
We don't even know where some of them ARE – Maude
prev story

Whitepapers

Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Go beyond APM with real-time IT operations analytics
How IT operations teams can harness the wealth of wire data already flowing through their environment for real-time operational intelligence.
How to determine if cloud backup is right for your servers
Two key factors, technical feasibility and TCO economics, that backup and IT operations managers should consider when assessing cloud backup.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?