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LimeWire gives DailyTech the 411 on their new music store launch date and pricing scheme

Recently, several companies have been launching music stores to sell DRM-free tracks to music lovers everywhere. The ability to buy DRM-free music is a great thing for those who own multiple digital audio devices.

Just this week Wal-Mart announced they would be selling DRM-free MP3 tracks on their website at a price a bit lower than iTunes sells their DRM-free tracks for. Last week we talked about LimeWire getting set to open a new DRM-free music store and at the time we had no pricing information for the service to report.

After contacting LimeWire, we were able to get them to spill the beans on the launch date of its new DRM-free music store and the pricing they will offer for both individual tracks and their monthly memberships.

LimeWire told DailyTech that it would launch the new music store by the end of November, 2007. Songs will be available a la cart at a price of $0.99 each and tiers will be available for monthly subscription plans. The first monthly plan tier will allow 25 songs to be downloaded for $9.99; the second tier allows 50 downloads per month for $14.99, and the third tier allows 75 downloads per month for $19.99.

LimeWire further added that all songs would be in unprotected MP3 format (which we already knew) and said that other download content like videos would be added down the road.

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Limewire still free?
By Exodus220 on 8/27/2007 9:00:15 AM , Rating: 4
Does this mean that their free P2P service won't be free anymore? I love Limewire and have used it for the last several years for my music needs, but it will break my heart if I can no longer use their P2P services for free anymore.

RE: Limewire still free?
By HotdogIT on 8/27/07, Rating: 0
RE: Limewire still free?
By Master Kenobi on 8/27/2007 9:09:22 AM , Rating: 3
I'm pretty sure this is an offset of their P2P client. Likely 2 different products.

RE: Limewire still free?
By mdogs444 on 8/27/2007 9:15:02 AM , Rating: 5
Im pretty sure that just about everyone on this forum has, at one time or another, downloaded music/movies/games/applications illegally. I do not support illegal &/or pirated downloads - but in my past, I have done so using Limewire, Napster, Torrent, etc. In fact, most P2P applications - limewire, bearshare, etc are all based on teh gnutella network - so chances are just because you didnt use Limewire, you still got it from the same place.

Trying to act like a saint on a technology forum when none of us are, isnt solving anything.

RE: Limewire still free?
By HotdogIT on 8/27/2007 9:24:27 AM , Rating: 1
Are you kidding me? I've downloaded massive amounts of pirated stuff. But to use Limewire is like... I don't know, the bottom rung of piracy society. It's like banging the ugly hooker, when the pretty one is the same price. Or for another awesome hooker analogy, it's like banging the hooker you know is infected with many STDs, while the clean, fresh hooker is standing RIGHT THERE AT THE SAME PRICE.

If I think of anymore hooker comparisons, I'll be sure to post them.

RE: Limewire still free?
By Combatcolin on 8/27/2007 9:27:43 AM , Rating: 5
Now im sure a shrink would make interesting reading of that!

RE: Limewire still free?
By HotdogIT on 8/27/07, Rating: -1
RE: Limewire still free?
By bhieb on 8/27/2007 10:17:50 AM , Rating: 4
I know pirating music is just socially and morally wrong :)

RE: Limewire still free?
By retrospooty on 8/27/2007 11:00:29 AM , Rating: 2
ya, you're whole thread here reaks of mental instability.

1. concern over others downloading music
2. concern for what they use (btw limewire is not its own entity, just a gnutella clone like many many others)
3. The hooker thing.

seek help and stop posting.

RE: Limewire still free?
By gradoman on 8/27/2007 9:35:34 AM , Rating: 1

There is no pleasure to be found(nothing worth downloading) in that endless well.

I definitely wouldn't pay to bang that awfully abused and infected whore -- if you know what I mean...

RE: Limewire still free?
By retrospooty on 8/27/2007 11:07:02 AM , Rating: 1
me either, but I do use limewire once in a while, and let me be the first to stand up and say, Limewire is far better than an abused and infected whore. LOL Its just a filesharing service based on Gnutella.

RE: Limewire still free?
By HrilL on 8/28/2007 12:44:44 PM , Rating: 2
I don't know about that. It coded so bad... Last time I remember using it. I setup at 1.4ghz Athlon with 512MB of ram. And the only thing running was Limewire pro... Sucked 100% of the CPU with no downloads/uploads going. Who the hell knows what it is doing...

RE: Limewire still free?
By Flunk on 8/27/2007 9:57:12 AM , Rating: 3
Actually Limewire does not maintain a P2P network. They use the open Gnutella standard so even if they cease producing new versions of Limewire old ones will still work or you can switch to one of many other clients such as Bearshare or Shareaza. And as a bonus many of the other clients are not loaded with spyware and adware like the Limewire client.

RE: Limewire still free?
By kmmatney on 8/27/2007 6:40:17 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly - The "free" version of Limewire used to be bundled with Adware/Spyware. I switched over to Shareware years ago...I think recent versions of Limewire are a lot better, though.

RE: Limewire still free?
By JSK on 8/28/2007 2:54:08 AM , Rating: 2
People still use Limewire?

No offense but why havent people switched over to the open source, crap free alternative, frostwire?

Only idiots use limewire
By Nik00117 on 8/27/2007 9:30:31 AM , Rating: 2
Priating issue aside, limewire is for poeple that don't know what they are doing.

My buddy uses limewire, I tell him to go to torrents higherquality, more content less downloads.

But their 25 songs for 9.99 is actaully a decent deal. Its .39 per song. For the 50 song plan it would be .29 and then for 75 at 19.99 it would be about .26 a song.

Granted with all subcripation services like this what they are counting on is that you use this service to its fullest for 2-3 months then drop off.

RE: Only idiots use limewire
By Moishe on 8/27/2007 9:45:08 AM , Rating: 2
for me the problem has always been finding 50 songs to download.... once, much less 50 songs per month. The selection is usually so limited that I can't find even one month's worth of songs that I want.

RE: Only idiots use limewire
By mdogs444 on 8/27/2007 10:17:29 AM , Rating: 2
I think its actually quite nice. I like the fact that with download services you can download the entire CD album.

RE: Only idiots use limewire
By Moishe on 8/27/2007 2:09:42 PM , Rating: 2
but if they don't have music you want? I won't pay even a cheap rate for something I don't want. that's just a waste of money.

RE: Only idiots use limewire
By jtesoro on 8/28/2007 1:21:44 AM , Rating: 2
Let's say you do find 50 or 75 songs that you want. What's the lock in period if you become a subscriber? They have to prevent abuse by those who "subscribe", download to the limit, and then cancel after just a month.

RE: Only idiots use limewire
By HrilL on 8/28/2007 12:49:32 PM , Rating: 2
In month to month contracts like this I doubt they'll be able to lock you in for longer then that. I mean there are going to be people who want to try it and don't like it and want to cancel...

Bad TV Show
By Phynaz on 8/27/2007 9:49:38 AM , Rating: 1
LimeWire gives DailyTech the 411 on their new music store launch date and pricing scheme

What a corny headline.

RE: Bad TV Show
By bhieb on 8/27/2007 10:23:22 AM , Rating: 1
Yeah I thought that too, maybe DT is shooting for a new demo graphic. Shh keep it on thr DL Yo!

RE: Bad TV Show
By ZmaxDP on 8/27/2007 1:37:23 PM , Rating: 2
"Demographic" is one word. A "Demo Graphic" would be something else entirely...

Just FYI...

RE: Bad TV Show
By johnsonx on 8/27/2007 1:31:52 PM , Rating: 2
I didn't see the headline before they changed it, but that did seem rather US-Centric. While it's been quite some time since I lived in Europe, I don't recall '411' being the phone number to dial for Information. I'll bet 411 works in Canada, since our phone systems seem to be unified in most other ways (no country code to call Canada, eh).

One wonders though about 'spills beans on pricing structure' though... right now our Italian speaking friends are imagining a mess of fagioli all over the price sheets, making them hard to read!

RE: Bad TV Show
By johnsonx on 8/27/2007 1:33:10 PM , Rating: 2
oh, I see, the 411 is in the subheadline, and hasn't been changed.

By goku on 8/27/2007 9:43:07 AM , Rating: 2
Limewire and those P2P clients are for those who want to download that odd song here or there and not a whole album..

RE: meh
By Master Kenobi on 8/27/2007 3:18:01 PM , Rating: 2
The reason they are going to selling individual songs is because most albums overall simply suck.

RE: meh
By The Boston Dangler on 8/27/2007 8:00:33 PM , Rating: 3
Greatest Hits albums are the work of the Devil himself.

Does anyone else enjoy music in the context of an album, the way the artist intended? I'm talking about carefully crafted albums like Toys in the Attic, Who's Next, Before These Crowded Streets etc. Even the songs I don't like are still part of the entire composition.

IMO, the best way to aquire music is buying used CD's for $5-10 in your local record shop. I'm a patron of the arts, not a consumer.

How is this better than CD's?
By The Boston Dangler on 8/27/2007 9:57:38 AM , Rating: 1
They will charge me $20 for the privilege of giving them $75, for mp3's? Pound it with sand.

RE: How is this better than CD's?
By mdogs444 on 8/27/2007 10:05:00 AM , Rating: 2
No, you definately misread the article.

Its EITHER $0.99 per individual song if you do not purchase a tiered plan.


You can purchase a tiered plan and have a "bucket" of downloads you can use for the month. ALthough they do not state what happens if you go over - do they just tack on at .99 ea?

By The Boston Dangler on 8/27/2007 10:08:32 AM , Rating: 2

By i4mt3hwin on 8/27/2007 11:38:10 AM , Rating: 3
Oink & HDBITS > Limewire.

That's all fine and dandy...
By redbone75 on 8/27/2007 1:31:02 PM , Rating: 2
But what's the bitrate? These music stores that offer DRM-free tracks charge a premium and/or have crap bitrates for them.

same pricing as eMusic
By johnsonx on 8/27/2007 1:45:03 PM , Rating: 2
This price structure seems the same as, or very close to, eMusic. I signed up for the free trial of eMusic, but didn't find much I wanted to download (got the recent Planet P Project release, and the one Everclear album they had). I'm no top-40 hound, but eMusic's catalog runs pretty obscure. If Limewire's catalog turns out to be a little more mainstream than eMusic (but not TOO mainstream), I may have to give it a try.

MP3 Rocket
By thesafetyisoff on 8/27/2007 2:00:17 PM , Rating: 2
Ex-Limewire users dissatisfied with Limewire's pricing scheme will want to check out MP3 Rocket, which is basically Limewire without the new pricing in place.

By marsbound2024 on 8/28/2007 1:18:34 AM , Rating: 2
Is anyone else confused? I've been using their "music store" for a couple of years now and the good thing about it is that it's all at no charge. ;)

If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Though admittedly LimeWire isn't that great to begin with... but it still runs.

By DonkeyRhubarb on 8/28/2007 10:11:23 AM , Rating: 2
Allofmp3 was the only site I ever used to download music. I liked its DRM free, its format and bitrate options.

With that gone, I cant justify not getting the CD in the shop and ripping it myself. Theres no way am I going to ITunes. I just dont like being forced into a format. I do commend them for having some stuff DRM free however; its a start at least.

Id be happy to buy from a lime wire store at these prices. (Specifically 50 for $15 would be ideal for me).

I look forward to this going online and Ill be happy to give them my cash.

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