Leicester in the top 10 of British cities for download piracy
Leicester is in the top 10 of British cities for download piracy, according to a new index released today.
It has been ranked in sixth place for illegal downloads with Manchester uncovered as Britain's the piracy capital for music.
The Digital Music Index, produced by monitoring service Musicmetric and made available to the BBC, has analysed illegal downloads for first half of 2012 and showed a total of 43 million albums and singles were downloaded illegally in the UK during the first six months of the year.
According to the research, the most illegally shared artist in Leicester is Ed Sheeran which is shared on average 754 times per month. The data also reveals that people in Leicester also share Noel Gallagher a lot compared to the UK average.
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Researchers discovered there were more illegal downloads per person in Manchester than any other UK spot, followed by Nottingham and Southampton.
The figures revealed 78% of the BitTorrent downloads - a technique to simultaneously source from multiple locations - were albums and the remainder singles.
The survey covered the entire BitTorrent sphere and claimed to offer the most accurate picture yet of the digital music cyberspace.
To find out who, according to the research, is the most pirated artist near you - go to www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology
Top Downloading Cities - Per Capita
Total downloads per city, arranged in order of most downloads per capita, during the survey period in the first half of 2012.
17. Kingston Upon Hull