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The iTunes Store now accounts for more than 3 percent of all downstream Web traffic in North America, while FaceTime video chat accounts for 1.4 percent of all upstream Internet usage, new data shows.

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Apple's iTunes has grown from 1.9 percent of downstream traffic in May to now holding 3.27 percent, the latest figures from Sandvine show, as reported on Monday by AllThingsD. The share of downstream traffic taken by iTunes grew as file sharing service BitTorrent shrank over the same timespan, from 5.57 percent in May to 4.05 percent.

The amount of traffic used by iTunes ranked it fifth in terms of North American downstream traffic, narrowing the gap with fourth-place BitTorrent.

Remaining the market leader for downstream usage was Netflix, accounting for a massive 31.62 percent of all usage. Taking second place was YouTube with 18.69 percent, followed by general HTTP traffic.

Other noteworthy services rounding out the top 10 were Amazon Video (8th place, 1.61 percent), Facebook (9th place, 1.31 percent), and Hulu (10th place, 1.29 percent).

Another Apple service also appeared among the separate list of most popular upstream applications is Apple's FaceTime, which came in 9th place with 1.44 percent of all upstream traffic. That placed Apple ahead of 10th-place finisher Dropbox, which took 1.39 percent of upstream traffic.

In terms of upstream data, BitTorrent consumes by far the greatest share, with a 36.35 percent share. HTTP traffic is in second with 6.03 percent, followed by SSL (5.87 percent), Netflix (4.44 percent), YouTube (3.63 percent) and Skype (2.76 percent).
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So total downstream traffic only exceeds total upstream traffic by a factor of 7.  I would have expected a bigger discrepancy.

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But but but but no one uses FaceTime!

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"Apple's iTunes, FaceTime among most heavily tracked Web services in North America"

 

Fixed that for you.

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How are these companies coming by this data? Via server data traffic reporting?

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Looks like pirating is still huge. And don’t tell me BitTorrent is used primarily for legitimate file sharing. BitTorrent is all about piracy and theft of copyrighted material. 

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How are these companies coming by this data? Via server data traffic reporting?

DPI, but I don't know where they get it from. My telco over here did it, and was slapped on their fingers for doing so, because it is illegal.
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Upstream for Netflix? What's that about?

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How are these companies coming by this data? Via server data traffic reporting?

NSA is now monetizing its data. IPO to come soon.

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I guess Google traffic is off the charts¡

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Looks like pirating is still huge. And don’t tell me BitTorrent is used primarily for legitimate file sharing. BitTorrent is all about piracy and theft of copyrighted material. 
Beat me to it. Bunch of fucking crooks (excuse the profanity but pirates really piss me off).

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NSA is now monetizing its data. IPO to come soon.

ATT sells some of it to the CIA/NSA according to sources. Lots of iPhone users there too which should be concerning to members here but probably isn't.
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But but but but no one uses FaceTime!
I for one use it all the time, was a skype user b4 microshaft turned it into shite. FaceTime is first rate. It's great on mac and phone.
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I for one use it all the time, was a skype user b4 microshaft turned it into shite. FaceTime is first rate. It's great on mac and phone.

Me too, use FT every day for a few hours to talk to family across the globe FREE. What a great, reliable service!

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But but but but no one uses FaceTime!


I use it a lot to speak to my family. Mainly because you can't guarantee the others are actually going to ring on their iPads. I would say a significant percentage of the time the call quality is awful. Screen goes blank, or we can't hear each other so we then switch to Skype which has then so far been perfect.

 

At work we just use Skype. When you get 25 people on a call though you do start to get a few lagging issues.

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Looks like pirating is still huge. And don’t tell me BitTorrent is used primarily for legitimate file sharing. BitTorrent is all about piracy and theft of copyrighted material. 

Try and tell teenagers to not *share* music.

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And in some cases it should be used much more. You just have to live outside the USA to understand that. Piracy sometimes is the only way that some people have to access TV shows (that take years to reach the country in question, while the whole internet is already talking about it), for example.


Yeah I don't think the lack of a TV show being shown in a country gives anyone the right to steel it. Most programs come out on DVD which you could just import.

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Most of some Asian countries are really big on piracy like the Philippines.You can buy DVD movies there for 35 cents which are decent copies actually.

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One year later, not to mention price discrepancies. The sooner they realize Geo-restrictions are garbage, the better for them.

Meanwhile, I know 0 people that buy TV shows and that is the major reason.

 

It just doesn't make sense.

I don't agree with geo-restrictions, but so what if its one year later at a different price. There's loads of stuff Id like but can't afford, doesn't give me the right to steel it though. 

 

The real problem with piracy is nothing to do with price and availability, its this random concept people have that there entitled to stuff that isn't there's. If something's out of your price range you just don't have it.

 

Oh and hi I'm Tim, you now know one person that buys TV shows.

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