BitTorrent delivered over 124 million legal music downloads via its artist promotion programmes in the first half of 2012.
The figure (123,191,863) comes from the company itself after Musicmetric published its first Digital Music Index last week – an in-depth report on global piracy trends.
The study logged a total of 405 million music release downloads via BitTorrent in the first six months of this year.
With 125 million legal music downloads via the protocol, however, BitTorrent is hoping to make its case as a legal distribution platform above one that is exploted by pirates.
“What this statistic shows very clearly is there’s a lot of good, legitimate content in the BitTorrent ecosystem that is adding value to the careers of the artists and publishers who decided to release their work using the protocol,” BitTorrent Inc’s Matt Mason told TorrentFreak.
“These are just the BitTorrent Bundles we as a company were seeding ourselves, which are the only things we can track. The total number of times these files were shared worldwide is probably much higher. Whatever that number is, one thing is certain; to say BitTorrent is just for illegal file-sharing is flat-out wrong.”
BitTorrent spoke to Music Week back in July about its desire and ability to help the music industry monetise the torrent ecosystem following a new artist partnership with DJ Shadow.