BitTorrent’s List of Most Legally Downloaded Music

File-sharing company BitTorrent recently announced that it facilitated 124,191,862 legal music downloads in the first six months of 2012. That is 31 percent of all BitTorrent downloads over the same six months, according to MusicMetric (405 million).

Our question: who are these artists giving people permission to download singles and entire albums (comprising 78 percent of downloads according to MusicMetric) for free? We were curious, so we asked.

Here’s the word from BitTorrent:

1. Death Grips: 34,151,432
2. Counting Crows: 26,950,427
3. Billy Van: 18,702,053
4. Gods Robot: 12,172,672
5. Way Too Sick: 9,974,321
6. Paz: 6,485,001
7. Bray: 5,878,492
8. Pretty Lights: 5,005,061
9. DJ Shadow: 4,349,048
10. Chester French: 523,356

Via Billboard