Webnoize Finds Napster Usage Rebounding in March

Apr 04, 2001, 01:00 ET from Webnoize

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass., April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- According to research findings
 by Webnoize (http://www.webnoize.com), the leading authority on digital
 entertainment, consumers are downloading more songs through the new restricted
 Napster service, despite the file-sharing service's attempts to block content
 from its network.
     The number of downloads using the Napster system rose to a total of
 593 million songs during the last week of March, 25% more than the 473 million
 files downloaded during the previous week. According to Napster, more than
 275,000 tracks were being blocked from the company's file sharing system by
 month's end.
     "Users are taking the file-blocking filter in their stride," said Webnoize
 Analyst Matt Bailey. "Millions of consumers continue to use Napster to access
 huge amounts of free music."
     While Napster usage is now rebounding, the total number of songs
 downloaded over the month was lower than in February. Webnoize estimates that
 a total of 2.49 billion songs were traded using the Napster system in March,
 down from 2.79 billion the prior month. The average number of files shared per
 user also dropped sharply, falling from 220 on March 1 to 73 by the end of
 month.
     "Napster's filtering effort is cutting the total number of files being
 shared," said Bailey. "But whether it stops users from getting access to the
 songs or artists they want is far more questionable."
 
     About Webnoize
     Launched January 1997, Webnoize is the premier source for media coverage
 and analysis of digital entertainment industries. Webnoize services include
 original daily news and in-depth features (both text- and video-based),
 consumer and market research, industry trend analysis, strategic advisory
 services and large-scale executive trade events. Webnoize reaches more than
 80,000 monthly readers representing new media, music, film, broadcast,
 technology, telecommunications, consumer device, research, financial and new
 media industries.
 
      Gary Lacey
      Director of Marketing
      Webnoize
      direct: 617-768-0515
      general: 617-768-0400
      fax: 617-768-0405
      glacey@webnoize.com
 
 

SOURCE Webnoize
    CAMBRIDGE, Mass., April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- According to research findings
 by Webnoize (http://www.webnoize.com), the leading authority on digital
 entertainment, consumers are downloading more songs through the new restricted
 Napster service, despite the file-sharing service's attempts to block content
 from its network.
     The number of downloads using the Napster system rose to a total of
 593 million songs during the last week of March, 25% more than the 473 million
 files downloaded during the previous week. According to Napster, more than
 275,000 tracks were being blocked from the company's file sharing system by
 month's end.
     "Users are taking the file-blocking filter in their stride," said Webnoize
 Analyst Matt Bailey. "Millions of consumers continue to use Napster to access
 huge amounts of free music."
     While Napster usage is now rebounding, the total number of songs
 downloaded over the month was lower than in February. Webnoize estimates that
 a total of 2.49 billion songs were traded using the Napster system in March,
 down from 2.79 billion the prior month. The average number of files shared per
 user also dropped sharply, falling from 220 on March 1 to 73 by the end of
 month.
     "Napster's filtering effort is cutting the total number of files being
 shared," said Bailey. "But whether it stops users from getting access to the
 songs or artists they want is far more questionable."
 
     About Webnoize
     Launched January 1997, Webnoize is the premier source for media coverage
 and analysis of digital entertainment industries. Webnoize services include
 original daily news and in-depth features (both text- and video-based),
 consumer and market research, industry trend analysis, strategic advisory
 services and large-scale executive trade events. Webnoize reaches more than
 80,000 monthly readers representing new media, music, film, broadcast,
 technology, telecommunications, consumer device, research, financial and new
 media industries.
 
      Gary Lacey
      Director of Marketing
      Webnoize
      direct: 617-768-0515
      general: 617-768-0400
      fax: 617-768-0405
      glacey@webnoize.com
 
 SOURCE  Webnoize