Feeds

EMI blesses try before you buy

Then your song explodes

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

EMI is to license its digital music catalog to former P2P felon Mashboxx - a sign that the major labels are blessing a "try before you buy" approach to digital music. But it also leaves the door open to other approaches.

Mashboxx will use the Snocap system - which identifies digital songs and tracks their exchanges against a central database, developed by a team that includes former Napster author Shawn Fanning.

As outlined by EMI and Mashboxx on Friday, users will be entitled to five plays of a full length song before DRM locks down the file completely, with the system inviting you to purchase the track. Rival legitimate services offer only 30 second previews.

Mashboxx signed a similar deal with Sony-BMG and began a closed beta more than a year ago. The beta identified unlicensed material on the P2P networks, and offered the user a "legal", and presumably glitch-free version. The joint release with EMI confirmed that this "conversion" option was still a feature of the Mashboxx software.

There's still no sign of the service being offered to the general public, however.

Last week Kazaa reached an out of court settlement with the four major labels, agreeing to pay $100m in compensation.®

Security for virtualized datacentres

More from The Register

next story
WHY did Sunday Mirror stoop to slurping selfies for smut sting?
Tabloid splashes, MP resigns - but there's a BIG copyright issue here
Spies, avert eyes! Tim Berners-Lee demands a UK digital bill of rights
Lobbies tetchy MPs 'to end indiscriminate online surveillance'
How the FLAC do I tell MP3s from lossless audio?
Can you hear the difference? Can anyone?
Google hits back at 'Dear Rupert' over search dominance claims
Choc Factory sniffs: 'We're not pirate-lovers - also, you publish The Sun'
While you queued for an iPhone 6, Apple's Cook sold shares worth $35m
Right before the stock took a 3.8% dive amid bent and broken mobe drama
Inequality increasing? BOLLOCKS! You heard me: 'Screw the 1%'
There's morality and then there's economics ...
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.