US consumers bought twice as many albums in the first half of the year as they downloaded illegally through BitTorrent, according to a new report from musicmetric.
Music fans in the territory also paid for 698 million songs between January and June this year, while using BitTorrent to download 21.3 million tracks.
They downloaded 75.6 million albums from BitTorrent in the period but 150.5 million CDs and album downloads were sold in the U.S. during the same period, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
The most-downloaded artists were Drake, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Adele and Rihanna.
Musicmetric’s data indicates that Americans pirate music at less than half the rate as their counterparts in the U.K., where illegal BitTorrent downloads actually outpaced legitimate sales, according to a recent study released by the company.
Absent from the top 20 list of cities with the highest per capita rates of BitTorrent music consumption were tech hubs like San Francisco, Austin or New York City.
Gainesville, Fla., had the highest per-capita rate of BitTorrent activity, followed by Albany, Ga.; Fairbanks, Alaska; Lexington, Ky.; and Tallahassee, Fla. The rest of the top-20 list included San Antonio, Texas; Bowling Green, Ohio; and Lansich, Mich.
Source: The Wall Street Journal