TorrentFreak published 688 articles during the last year, a record for us. We’d like to end 2008 with our latest chart which uniquely, is determined by you, our readers. Additionally, our three regular writers reveal their personal favorites from an eventful year.
Before we go on to the list of the 10 most popular articles based on the number of views per article, Ben, Enigmax and Ernesto pick their personal favorites of 2008.
It is hard to pick one article out of the hundreds of posts we have done. The BuckCherry article is definitely one of the most enjoyable articles of 2008. The band issued a press-release complaining about the early leak of their album, but with a little bit of research we found out that it was actually the manager of the band who had uploaded it onto various BitTorrent sites.
When Ernesto’s Top 10 Most Pirated Games 2008 article went mainstream, culminating in the BBC using TorrentFreak as a source, it was a proud moment. But i’d like to say a special thanks to international megapopstar entrepreneur extraordinaire and established anti-piracy writer Indiana Gregg, for her contribution to TorrentFreak. Unintentionally the best laugh of the year, with heaps of good old fashioned Interwebs drama on top.
My favorite story of the year has to be the near bankruptcy of MediaDefender, a year after we reported on the release of their emails. Shoddy enforcement techniques, and a spot of DDoSing have put their share price in the toilet. To paraphrase MediaDefender’s Randy Saaf, “They’re f*cked”.
TorrentFreak’s Most-Read Articles of 2008
Below are the 10 most read articles. The ‘RIAA’ hack leads with well over 300,000 views, followed by the Pirates of the Amazon add-on article we posted only a few weeks ago. We’d love to hear what your favorite article was of course, so feel free to drop a comment.
1. RIAA Website Wiped Clean by “Hackers”
2. Firefox Pirates Take Over Amazon
3. The BitTorrent Legend Returns: I Am aXXo
4. Top 10 Most Pirated Games of 2008
5. Test: Does Your ISP Slow Down BitTorrent Traffic?
6. Spore: Most Pirated Game Ever Thanks to DRM
7. Don’t Humiliate Yourself Complaining to The Pirate Bay
8. Pirated by iTunes, Artist Turns to BitTorrent
9. How a BitTorrent Tracker Owner Hides from the MPAA/RIAA
10. The Pirate Bay Interrogations
That’s it for 2008. Happy 2009 to you all!