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Peer-to-Peer Networks Top Internet Traffic List

June 25, 2008 4:39 PM ET

Further proving that illegal downloading is more common than anybody is willing to admit, a study that monitored internet traffic in North America in May discovered that nearly 44% of all activity was dedicated to file-sharing programs. By comparison, plain old web browsing only occupied 27.3% of traffic, with streaming media coming in third place with 14.8%. Sandvine, a networking equipment and technology provider, conducted the study. Last year, a similar study revealed P2P traffic made up 41% of all activity. While the study couldn't break down how much of that downloading was devoted to music (as opposed to larger files like video or software), the 44% represents a staggering amount of computer owners using P2P programs to get their media via illegal means.

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