LimeWire Store also being closed down

By on December 2, 2010, 3:15 PM
LimeWire is closing its online music store, the LimeWire Store, at the end of the year. The company has also abandoned efforts to launch a new, legal music service that it had spent much of the past year building, according to All Things Digital.

"LimeWire Store is no longer accepting new customers," says a notice on the website. "Existing subscribers will not be renewed or charged but can still sign in to redeem any remaining song credits." The company has also e-mailed its vendors that the store will close on December 31, 2010.

After a four-year suit brought on by the RIAA on behalf of eight major music publishers, LimeWire was officially shutdown two months ago. Federal Judge Kimba Wood found the company, LimeWire LLC, and its founder, Mark Gordon, guilty of assisting users in committing copyright infringement on a "massive scale." Damages expected to total at least $1 billion will be assessed when the case resumes in January 2011.

It looks like the company wants to cut down all of its remaining assets in advance of next month's court proceedings, which are going to determine how much the company owes the major music labels. LimeWire laid off at least 30 percent of its workforce following the October court ruling.

Here is the e-mail LimeWire sent to its partners regarding the closure of its online store:

November 30, 2010
Dear Partners-

Its with great disappointment that we must cease LimeWire Store operations on December 31, 2010.

For nearly three years, LimeWire Store has worked with forward-thinking partners to grow our catalog, build a customer base, and create new revenue streams. Although we cant continue, we are grateful for the opportunity to work with all the artists, labels, and content providers that have made LimeWire Store possible. Were extremely proud of the things weve accomplished together.

LimeWire Store will cease accepting new customers on November 30, but will remain on-line through the end of December to allow current subscription holders to redeem their credits.

We will be in touch shortly regarding delivery stoppage, agreement termination, and final accounting.

Please reach out with any questions you have.

Thank You,

Tom Monday
Director, Partner Relations
Lime Wire LLC




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Cota Cota said:

Now they will go for Ares, then uTorrent, Vuze, then all the other remaining torrent clients. After some months they will notice that people still share songs via Pen Drives, so they will engage a lost war to try to remove them from the market, after several failed attempts they will charge any kind of storage drive like HDD's Blu rays, DVD's CD's since people still can record them easily, frustrated by the non stop songs share they will finally understand that people will always find a way to share songs, artists will understand that even if people share their songs illegaly, they will still go to their concerts, they will still be payed to do commercials/fan items like t shirts/movies soundtracks and a lot of related business!!!

However they will attack trained ninja monkeys to their CD's...

sMILEY4ever said:

Going after Utorrent/vuze or any other torrent client would be like forbidding computers because of frauds/hackers/etc.

Leeky Leeky said:

Now they will go for Ares, then uTorrent, Vuze, then all the other remaining torrent clients.

The torrent clients are not illegal, it's some of the materials downloaded with them that are.

For example, there is nothing illegal or wrong about downloading the latest .torrent of Ubuntu linux.

vipor231 said:

i like using utorrent to download linux clients and stuff that is just hard to do thru a browser because of corrupted downloads and such,torrents stop all that

vangrat said:

I must state this, if there were services like Hulu that were accessable around the world, regardless of what country you lived in. I would not even have a Torrent program. But because companies cannot see reason, I continue to torrent the latest of my favorite shows. This is rather than waiting two years for them to come to my country, after all of the plot twists have been given away.

oinari said:

vangrat said:

I must state this, if there were services like Hulu that were accessable around the world, regardless of what country you lived in. I would not even have a Torrent program. But because companies cannot see reason, I continue to torrent the latest of my favorite shows. This is rather than waiting two years for them to come to my country, after all of the plot twists have been given away.

Agreed. Although I live in the US. If such services weren't so anti HTPC I'd not torrent either.

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