This chart was complied by Music Metric, a company that analysis online music activity. While the numbers are big, none of these thefts are enough to crack the Top 50 most-torrented files of the year. Yes, piracy is a problem and always will be–but as more people adopt reasonably-priced legal options, these numbers will go down.
What’s not mentioned in this story is where these downloads occur. I’d be interested in seeing a breakdown of illegal downloads by region and country.