Feeds

iMesh signs MusicNet for legal P2P downloads

'Unclaimed' tracks available via traditional file-shares

The essential guide to IT transformation

P2P software company iMesh has signed digital music distributor MusicNet to supply it with songs as it attempts to transform its service into something the content industries will be happy with.

iMesh said it will offer MusicNet's catalogue, which also sits behind music stores run by Virgin, HMV, AOL and Yahoo!, as one-off downloads and through a monthly subscription service. Essentially, consumers will be allowed to 'share' their music libraries with other iMesh users, but downloading a protected song will "pop up" an opportunity to purchase the track.

Anyone on an all-you-can-eat subscription package will be able to download en masse, as before, though this time round the artists and labels get a cut.

iMesh said it will also connect users to the Gnutella P2P network, allowing them to download what it calls "unclaimed" works and promotional content. Presumably, the P2P client will have software to scan downloads to ensure what's being shared isn't represented in MusicNet's catalogue or is in some way marked as permissible to download.

MusicNet claims "the largest available music library in the industry today", but it still doesn't supply every song currently available on CD. "In addition to the licensed tracks from MusicNet... the P2P community has access to over 15 million tracks at any given time culled from the Gnutella and iMesh networks", iMesh boasts - they can't all be 'unclaimed' songs or promotional items, so there may still be scope for the Recording Industry Ass. of America (RIAA) to get stroppy with the P2Per.

Nor does MusicNet offer the same selection of songs to users in, say, the US and Europe. How iMesh plans to extend MusicNet's various locally licensed catalogues to its worldwide audience of downloaders remains to be seen. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)
Clampdown on clickbait ... and El Reg is OK with this
So, Apple won't sell cheap kit? Prepare the iOS garden wall WRECKING BALL
It can throw the low cost race if it looks to the cloud
Time Warner Cable customers SQUEAL as US network goes offline
A rude awakening: North Americans greeted with outage drama
We need less U.S. in our WWW – Euro digital chief Steelie Neelie
EC moves to shift status quo at Internet Governance Forum
Google has spaffed more cash on lobbying this year than Big Cable
Don't worry, it'll be cheaper when they use drones
EE fails to apologise for HUGE T-Mobile outage that hit Brits on Friday
Customer: 'Please change your name to occasionally somewhere'
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?