In a recent report released by U.K.-based MusicMetrics, the Albany, Ga., metro area had the second-highest number of illegally downloaded songs per capita.
ALBANY, Ga. — A report released last month by a UK-based company that follows digital downloads shows that, per capita, the Albany Metro area is the second worst offender when it comes to illegal downloads of music.
The report by MusicMetrics shows that residents within the metro Albany area illegally downloaded or pirated 194,373 songs during the survey period from music downloading programs connected to the Internet.
That number is good enough to put Albany at the No. 2 spot on the list of the worst downloading offenders, behind only Gainesville, Fla. The top five also includes Fairbanks, Alaska, Lexington, Ky., and Tallahassee, Fla. Macon, Georgia’s second worst offender per capita, came in at No. 6 on the list.
Atlanta was the only other Georgia metro area to crack the top 20. It landed at No. 10 on the list.
Georgia was the top state in terms of illegally downloaded songs per capita, followed by New York, Kentucky, Louisiana and Florida.
According to MusicMetrics, the most downloaded releases were Lil Wayne and Drake’s “The Motto” — 438,038 downloads — Drake’s “Take Care” — 453,933 — Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “Watch The Throne” — 365,987 — Big Sean’s “Finally Famous” — 352,623 — and Tyga’s “Rack City” — 304,292.
“America has millions of passionate music fans — and while we don’t condone any kind of piracy – the DMI provides a detailed snapshot of the scale of file-sharing as well as licensed music consumption,” said Gregory Mead, global CEO of Musicmetric.
“Detailed data analysis is of great value to the industry and just as retailers need to know their customers, we need to do the same online. Offering people better insight into music through the DMI will help the industry begin to reclaim its past glories and we’re excited about working with labels to achieve this.”