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WaTunes: Top 10 Things To Expect From LimeWire Shutdown

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October 29, 2010 at 3:08 pm Leave a comment

WaTunes: Judge Orders LimeWire To Shut Down

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image from Granting a request from the music industry, a federal judge has ordered Limewire to shut down "the searching, downloading, uploading, file trading and/or file distribution functionality, and/or all functionality" of it's  P2P file sharing software. In May, the same U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood, had granted a summary judgement against the company, but Limewire may have a few tricks up its sleeve…

Today LimeWire issued an interesting official statement on this legal development: 

“While this is not our ideal path, we hope to work with the music industry in moving forward.  We look forward to embracing necessary changes and collaborating with the entire music industry in the future.” – LimeWire Spokesperson.

An important point of clarification, LimeWire is not “shutting down”, in specific regarding our software, we are compelled to use our best efforts cease support and distribution of the file-sharing software, along with increased filtering.  And, that is what we are doing.

"The core question is whether LimeWire will simply stop distributing new software, or whether it will actually cripple or turn off existing versions of its client, which has been downloaded hundreds of millions of times," according Peter Kafka of MediaMemo.  "If it’s the former, then the move isn’t quite as compelling. And even if LimeWire really is pulling the plug on its software, it won’t affect other open source LimeWire clients that run on the same Gnutella network, like Frostwire."

October 27, 2010 at 11:01 pm Leave a comment

WaTunes: Making Music Cheaper Than Coffee Won’t Devalue It

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<img class="asset asset-image at-xid-6a0111683c7a25970c013488598e4a970c" title="image from” src=”; alt=”image from” style=”margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px;” /> People say that if music costs less than a cup of coffee or a bottle of water it will devalue the 'art' of music. Ian S. Port, the SF Weekly music editor, doesn't think so. He contends that fans don't judge the artistic value of music by what it costs. If true, they would look down on the artists that give away free MP3s and those available on file-sharing sites. Some do. As far as young fans are concerned, they most likely don't. He thinks that those who contend that pricing music lower than coffee or water miss two essential points.

First, neither of those items can be downloaded quickly and anonymously at zero cost. If people could touch a cup of coffee and make it their own, while the other person that bought the cup still had their own, they would. Especially if no one they knew bought coffee—ever. Port adds that in this day and age it has become reasonable to pay 3-4$ for a cup of coffee because it's a tangible, personalized good that's made in front of you. Buying music on the other hand, paying $10 to download a digital file that's a copy of a copy—all of them made at no additional cost beyond storage—is different. That's why young people, he argues, consider it to be rational to pay that amount for coffee. It makes sense. Moreover, Port thinks comparing the cost of music to that of coffee is apples and oranges all over again. Making downloads dirt-cheap may be, at present, one of the few ways left to compete against file-sharing. After all, free music online isn't going away.

He believes that lowering the price of music won't devalue the 'art' of music; it will get more people buying it. Anyway to increase the volume of sales in the face of the downward spiral of physical ablums would be wothwhile he asserts. Though, lowering albums to $1 poses problems with royalty calculations, he thinks Rob Dickens has the right idea about music. Superfans will still pay high-prices for elaborate packages and vinyl lowers would too. Here's what Port had to say:

October 21, 2010 at 4:56 pm Leave a comment

WaTunes: Nas Slams Def Jam; They Won’t Pay Him For Music

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image from Just in case you’ve started to develop a soft spot in your heart for major labels and feel at least a bit sympathetic towards their cause, rapper Nas steps in and reminds us all why things probably haven’t changed all that much. In a heated e-mail that got published on the Lefsetz Letter, Nas explains why Lost Tapes 2 isn’t coming out. Mainly, because Def Jam is only willing to put out the album under the circumstances that it doesn’t count against his deal and he doesn’t get any money from it. Yet, the label would still like all the benefits that come along with releasing a new album. Thus, as you’ll see in the e-mail below, Nas isn’t too happy about this; he wants it out:

October 9, 2010 at 7:03 pm Leave a comment

WaTunes: Apple Plots iTunes Music Subscription Service And How To Stop Spotify

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<img class="asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d83451b36c69e20133f4ee0924970b" title="image from” src=”; alt=”image from” style=”margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px;” /> (UPDATED) Apple is in serious talks about a music subscription service and once again the major label heads appear ready to do whatever Cupertino asks them to do. iTunes head Eddy Cue has recently been in touch with label execs to "figure out how the partners can move forward," according to the NY Post.  The new music service would reportedly be priced in the $10 – $15 range depending access and portability.  Subscriptions could be tied to an iTunes in the cloud service, but at least one report suggests that Apple's desire to add subscription music has more to do with stopping a Spotify entry into the U.S.

October 9, 2010 at 6:59 pm Leave a comment


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