LimeWire to offer DRM-free legal music

By Justin Mann on
LimeWire, a name that has been synonymous with piracy and P2P since nearly its inception, is going to attempt a 180. The company has decided to craft a music store and begin offering paid music downloads. Not particularly impressive, but it was interesting to see that they plan to offer said music as DRM-free.

Considering the already-saturated market that is legal music downloads, it seems unlikely LimeWire will be able to get any traction. On top of that, they aren't abandoning their P2P service they are augmenting it. You can't sell music legally if no media companies will sign on with you, and given that LimeWire has already spent an ample time in court against many of the big names in music today, it seems the odds are stacked against them.

Regardless, they are making the attempt. The article does mention their intentions to offer a subscription-based service, which could be interesting to see in action. Frankly, however, I don't see their chance of success as very high.

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