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The hottest movies, music, tv shows, and artists of 2007 -- by p2p statistics

Wired magazine recently released a fascinating report, which names the biggest winners, in terms of popularity, (or losers, in terms of revenue) of 2007.  The report which was based on statistics that Wired staffers grabbed by monitoring and probing peer-to-peer (p2p) networks, detailed the top songs, movies, tv shows, and artists of the year.

The top artists were:
1. T.I.
2. T-Pain
3. Akon
4. 50 Cent
5. R. Kelly
6. Lil Wayne
7. Justin Timberlake
8. Fergie
9. Ludacris
10. Snoop Dogg

Some may notes that Radiohead was absent from this list.  While their album, In Rainbows, released as a choose-your-price download made a big splash in terms of a statement, even its relatively strong downloads of a couple million were not enough to compare to the massive p2p traffic for the year.

The top songs of year were:
1. Shop Boyz, "Party Like A Rock Star"
2. Akon, "I Wanna Luv U"
3. Sean Kingston, "Beautiful Girls"
4. Mims, "This Is Why I'm Hot"
5. Akon, "Don't Matter"
6. T-Pain, "Bartender"
7. Soulja Boy, "Crank Dat Soulja Boy"
8. Justin Timberlake, "My Love"
9. DJ Unk, "Walk It Out"
10. Jim Jones, "We Fly High"

For the movies, the following items topped the list:
1. Resident Evil: Extinction
2. Pirates of The Caribbean: At World's End
3. I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry
4. Ratatouille
5. Superbad
6. Beowulf
7. Transformers
8. American Gangster
9. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
10. Stardust

The only possible surprise here is that Pirates 3 was not the most pirated movie!

Finally, the top TV shows were:
1. "Heroes"
2. "Prison Break"
3. "Top Gear"
4. "Smallville"
5. "Desperate Housewives"
6. "House, M.D."
7. "Lost"
8. "Grey's Anatomy"
9. "24"
10. "Dexter"

This lists adds an interesting perspective when looking at the NBC/iTunes drama.   It illustrates the runaway success of NBC's heroes and how much of a hit Apple will take if NBC decides to eventually sever its month to month contract.  However, it also shows that most of the rest of the top content is on Fox and ABC, so iTunes may be able to get by with just these offerings.

The year of 2007 was certainly a wild one for p2p and torrents, with the RIAA scoring a landmark jury verdict of $222,000 in damages against working mom Jammie Thomas, p2p defending hackers attacking the RIAA, confessions that Comcast throttles p2p traffic, and Swedish based torrent leader The Pirate Bay's admins facing criminal charges.  One can only guess the escapades that 2008 may have in store for the millions of web-pirates out there.


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RE: '08 pirate predictions
By peldor on 1/3/2008 1:51:38 PM , Rating: 4
It's going to have to be a hell of an innovative policy to beat copied-it-for-free-because-I-wanted-to.


RE: '08 pirate predictions
By borismkv on 1/3/2008 2:49:33 PM , Rating: 3
I don't know. Easy to find and download stuff + not ripping my arms out of their sockets to pay for it will probably get me away from the torrents.


RE: '08 pirate predictions
By GaryJohnson on 1/5/2008 11:34:47 AM , Rating: 2
I think the problem there is that if they charge everyone what people who pirate are willing to pay they make less revenue than what they're collecting now from just the people who don't pirate.

Imagine if they charged near DVD prices for downloadable movies or CD prices for downloadable CDs.


RE: '08 pirate predictions
By mindless1 on 1/7/2008 6:43:57 AM , Rating: 2
Not really, consider the widespread move to HD video, Blu-Ray, etc. Before too long the increasing size of video, or the significant reduction in quality to shrink that down to a size a pirate would bother with, "could" be offset by more reasonable prices and advertising added revenue.

Also remember you don't have to beat copied-it-for-free in an arena where people wouldn't have bought it anyway, you just have to offer more desirable options for those who both had the disposible income and were inclined to spend it on entertainment content.

The bigger hurdle is going to be competing with pay-on-demand cable delivery. IMO, that is where a lot of content providers will begin to see new revenue in the future, but in the interim they're taking a chicken little sky-is-falling stance.


"So, I think the same thing of the music industry. They can't say that they're losing money, you know what I'm saying. They just probably don't have the same surplus that they had." -- Wu-Tang Clan founder RZA

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