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After a decade fighting to stop illegal file-sharing, the music industry will give fans today what they have always wanted: an unlimited supply of free and legal songs.
With CD sales in free fall and legal downloads yet to fill the gap, the music industry has reluctantly embraced the file-sharing technology that threatened to destroy it. Qtrax promises a catalogue of more than 25 million songs that users can download to keep, free and with no limit on the number of tracks.
The service has been endorsed by the very same record companies - including EMI, Universal Music and Warner Music – that have chased file-sharers through the courts in a doomed attempt to prevent piracy.
The gamble is that fans will put up with a limited amount of advertising around the Qtrax website’s jukebox in return for authorised use of almost every song available.
The singer James Blunt gave Qtrax a cautious welcome. “I’m amazed that we now accept that people steal music,” he said. “I was taught not to steal sweets from a sweet shop. But I want to learn how this service works, given the condition the music industry is in.”
Originally posted by TrueAmerican
Is that what all you free download- loving jerks want? Where do you get off thinking that someone should invest a lifetime of work to please your little ears? huh? This subject really really pisses me off. And anyone that's been around ATS a while knows why.
Originally posted by COOL HAND
reply to post by biggie smalls
It is not compatible with iTunes. Way to exclude a huge market share.
What will it take for them to make it so?