October 10, 2001

File swapper ranks swell by 500 percent

Author: JT Smith

PCWorld: "Fueled by word of mouth and more than a few young men, file swapping alternatives to Napster have experienced user growth of nearly 500 percent from March
to August of this year, according to a report released Wednesday by Jupiter Media Metrix.

Although free-file sharing pioneer Napster has been mired in legal battles and kept offline since last July for copyright infringement, its successors are clearly on
the rise. The number of unique home users of these file swapping alternatives have increased 492 percent, from 1.2 million in March to 6.9 million in August,
Jupiter reports."

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