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LimeWire announces they intend to sell DRM-free music on a new web storefront

Peer-to-peer file sharing platforms have become the targets of RIAA and record labels and are taking heavy fire. Some P2P sites like Napster have gone from file sharing to attempting to operate legitimately by selling music.

LimeWire recently announced they intend to try their hand at hawking DRM-free tunes on their dedicated, stand-alone web site. The DRM-free music will sell in MP3 format and songs have a 256Kbps bitrate. At launch, the store will sell music from IRIS distribution and Nettwerk Productions who handle some well-known acts like Avril Lavigne, Sarah McLachlan, and Paul Van Dyk.

The existing LimeWire software seems to be continuing as is with links added to the DRM-free store for those wanting to buy music. This seems like a weird deal to me, why would someone want to buy the cow, when LimeWire gives them the milk for free?

The other odd item for me is LimeWire was sued by RIAA, Universal Music, Sony BMG, EMI and Warner Music for illegal file sharing just a year ago. I can’t see these labels willing to sell their music through LimeWire. No further details are available concerning when the store will launch or what prices music will sell for, but the music will be available for individual purchase as well as download with a monthly membership.



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Sure they would
By mdogs444 on 8/16/2007 7:00:39 AM , Rating: 3
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I can’t see these labels willing to sell their music through LimeWire.


Of course they would. The RIAA and record companies may be bastards, but they are not idiots. They know that the Limewire application was developed a long time ago when P2P did not have the publicity and illegal downloading aspects of today.

If they have two options:
1)Get Limewire to completely shutdown, but the Gnutella network still functions through similar apps like bearshare.
2)Get Limewire to shutdown their P2P, but offer to sell music legally on a website, thus letting the record companies profit instead of view potential losses.

Which makes more sense? Obviously #2. For the time being, P2P sharing is not going anywhere, so each company you can covert to selling music is only going to benefit the record companies and increase sales.

Sometimes the best offense is indeed defense. Sometimes "keeping your friends close, and your enemies closer" actually has good meaning. In this case, it fits perfectly.




RE: Sure they would
By indianpunk on 8/16/2007 10:22:42 AM , Rating: 2
and maybe u've been watching too many hollywood movies :)

Just kidding i totally agree with ur comments but wonder why p2p apps come in the first place when this series which we see i going napster kazaa and limewire


RE: Sure they would
By mdogs444 on 8/16/2007 10:25:42 AM , Rating: 1
Kazaa and Napster run off the same "gnutella" network, along with some others like "bearshare" etc.

I havent seen or heard of Kazaa in quite a long time, but i do know that Limewire has HUGE traffic right now. Napster is already gone, and i believe Kazaa may be close to it, but i also think kazaa is by the same people as limewire, no?


RE: Sure they would
By omnicronx on 8/16/2007 1:22:46 PM , Rating: 2
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Kazaa and Napster run off the same "gnutella" network
no they don't, the main reason for Napster being shut down was a centralized peer-to-peer service. That means everytime you searched for something, it would access a central server , tell you the machines where the file is located, then the user can independently connect to one of those machines to download the song.

Limewire and the gnutella network run off a decentralized peer-to-peer protocol, which means there is no central server, which to means it can not be shut down. Gnutella isnt owned by anyone either, its open source, and anyone can make a client to make use of the network.

I tell my friends and family who still want to use limewire to use KCeasy for that very reason, no spyware,malware BS, same network.


RE: Sure they would
By mdogs444 on 8/16/2007 1:29:46 PM , Rating: 2
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no they don't


Doh! You're right. I dont know why i typed Napster, but I meant to type Limewire.


RE: Sure they would
By omnicronx on 8/16/2007 1:38:09 PM , Rating: 2
true, i should have noticed the typo as you compared kazaa to limewire after a few times ;)


Not weird at all
By smitty3268 on 8/16/2007 10:15:58 AM , Rating: 3
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This seems like a weird deal to me, why would someone want to buy the cow, when LimeWire gives them the milk for free?

Some of us would like to legally buy music, but don't want to pay for stuff that is DRM'd that we might not be able to use tomorrow.




RE: Not weird at all
By mdogs444 on 8/16/2007 10:17:38 AM , Rating: 2
Exactly. As hard as it is to believe, there ARE honest people out there.


RE: Not weird at all
By omnicronx on 8/16/2007 12:38:15 PM , Rating: 3
I just don't see the point in paying to download mp3s, you might as well go buy the CD if you really want to support the artist. Especially since mp3s are a lossy format, maybe if you could download in a lossless format i would be interested.

I for one download almost all of my music illegally, but if i like the CD (the entire CD not just the single) i will buy it, always have, always will. My CD collection is up to about 500 now, but I will still forever download illegally as long as i can.

Ive said it before and ill say it again, just because i can download it, does not mean i was ever going to buy it. I like to sample as much as i can, pick through the crap, and figure out what my next purchase is going to be, if the music is crap, why the hell would i pay for it, does that really make me a criminal?(rhetorical, please dont answer)


RE: Not weird at all
By johnsonx on 8/16/2007 12:59:38 PM , Rating: 2
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Some of us would like to legally buy music, but don't want to pay for stuff that is DRM'd that we might not be able to use tomorrow.


Precisely. I'm checking out eMusic for precisely that reason; I won't pay for any media that has DRM (or if it does have DRM, it must be easily bypassed like CSS).


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