According to a report by musicmetric, more people in the United States purchased music in the first half of 2012 than illegally downloading music using BitTorrent.
150.5 million CDs and album downloads were sold from January to June 2012. In comparison, 75.6 million albums were downloaded using BitTorrent during the same time period.
698 million songs were purchased by Americans during the first half of the year, while 21.3 million songs were downloaded using BitTorrent.
Source: Ethan Smith, “Americans Buy More Music Than They Pirate,” Wall Street Journal, Corporate Intelligence Blog, October 3, 2012.