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File sharing and downloading from sites like Rapidshare and services like Usenet is shifting towards video and e-books, with MP3s quickly going out of fashion. That’s the gist of new data from a media search engine, which also shows that free MP3s are still widely available.

File types indexed by Findthatfile.com.

MP3 file downloading has gone out of fashion, making way for movie and e-book downloads, according to new data from the media search engine Findthatfile.com shared exclusively with NewTeeVee. Findthatfile, which indexes files on Rapidshare, FTP sites, Usenet servers and P2P networks, found that MP3s are still widely available, but the demand for free digital music files has clearly waned.

File types indexed by Findthatfile.com.

Most popular amongst downloaders are movies and other video files with the extension AVI, followed by e-books in the form of PDF files, .RAR archives and .TTF font files. MP3s, on the other hand, are just slightly more popular than .DLL Windows library files. The picture looks a little different when it comes to the availability of files. PDFs  are still by far the most available file type, but MP3s rank second, followed by various types of file archives.

Most requested files on Findthatfile.com
1. AVI (video) 6. MPEG (video)
2. PDF (e-book) 7. ASX (Windows media)
3. RAR (compressed) 8. MP3 (music)
4. TTF (fonts) 9. DLL (Windows library file)
5. ZIP (compressed) 10. TOR (BitTorrent)

Does that mean people aren’t interested in downloading music at all anymore? Not necessarily. Single MP3 file downloads may have been partially replaced by downloads of full albums, distributed in the form of .ZIP or .RAR archives. But there are also a lot more choices for the casual listener to get their music fix.

In fact, impulse-driven single song downloading may have been replaced by YouTube music video viewing. Eight of the ten most-viewed publishers on YouTube are now artists or record labels. These music videos are increasingly a source of revenue for labels and their partners as well. Rhianna, Justin Bieber and Eminem all bring in over a million dollars per year through their YouTube videos alone, according to recent estimates.

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  1. These statistics are interesting, as any kind of actual data about file-sharing networks can be hard to come by, but I have my doubts about its reliability.

    Fonts are more requested than mp3’s? PDF’s make up half of all files? Just doesn’t seem plausible. And MKV’s don’t make the top ten of either grouping? No way.

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  2. I used to download mp3’s but for me it was never an issue of cost, it was convenience. iTunes completely changed me. For a minimal cost I can have a good (DRM-free) copy of almost any song I want very quickly and immediately available to listen to on my music device.

    I could still be downloading mp3’s but it’s too much hassle.

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  3. Honestly I am suprised to see ebooks on the seconed place? Glad that people are gooing back to books.
    However I am not so sure about DLL. Is windows libary not that save anymore?

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  4. There is no freakin’ way these statistics are right. Seriously, more people are downloading fonts than music? HA! This is truly hilarious!

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  5. “Seriously, more people are downloading fonts than music? HA! This is truly hilarious!”

    If “fonts” here include Chinese characters and Russian alphabets, then of course, it is very possibly accurate.

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  6. Why would anyone want to download music when there are so many places to listen and watch mp3 songs online for free?

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  7. This is really a crappy index of files you can find.
    So I can almost definitely say the data they are reporting is
    crap. I did some of my standard searches.
    this site findthatfile.com gave crap results.

    They just are not indexing right. So they won’t be reporting right.

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  8. What about mp3s in rar or zip drives.

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  9. Its because most MP3 files are compressed in either a RAR or ZIP folder to save space….

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  10. I have to agree with MrBiG – services like iTunes, Groove Shark, Spotify, Guvera and others have changed my music downloading habits – I like to think they are all proving their potential in each area.

    Given a choice, it’s more comforting to jump through some small hoops to get music legally, versus TV series, hard to get texts etc where I’ll look elsewhere..

    Though, I’m sure a large chunk of the registered zip files are album archives.

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