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Napster traffic drops as the filters kick in

Written by Petteri Pyyny (Google+) @ 16 Mar 2001 12:03

Number of file shared through Napster has dropped almost 60% since Napster installed their filtering system to prevent illegal music distribution through the service.
"Napster is successfully filtering many songs from its system," said analyst Matt Bailey of the Cambridge, Mass.-based firm Webnoize. "It is not just the number of files available that has fallen sharply. The number of downloads per user has dropped by half."

Webnoize said that prior to Napster's latest filtering effort, which took effect at about 9 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, Napster users were sharing an average of 172 song files each. With the new filter, the number of songs made available for sharing fell to 71 per user, down 59 percent.

source: Reuters

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