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New research has shown that more than £340million worth of songs were illegally downloaded in the UK in the first half of 2012, and the data from the Digital Music Index produced by analysts Musicmetric shows that moves to make ISPs block The Pirate Bay has had little impact, with downloaders moving to other illegal platforms. Manchester topped the list of most illegal downloads per capita, with 1.3m in six months, closely followed by Nottingham and Southampton, while London came 20th. The most popular downloads were albums by Ed Sheeran, Rizzle Kicks and Rihanna, although in retiree hotspot Bournemouth the most popular record was The Discography of the Eagles. More than twice as many albums are downloaded illegally in the UK as are bought via legitimate digital services like iTunes, With over 33 million albums were downloaded from unlicensed sources via BitTorrent file-sharing in the first six months of the year, during which time 14.8 million digital albums were sold.

http://www.thecmuwebsite.com (17 September 2012)