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Comment There's already a US version - imeem (Score 1) 216

imeem has been doing something similar for a long time - supposedly it was started by some ex-napster people and has basicly turned into napster in a browser, where people can share any music by uploading it to the site, and anyone can listen to it. Advertising is all over the plance and is used to pay the labels/artist/lawyers.

Comment Someone should do this for (Score 2, Interesting) 116

imeem have been doing this for the last few years, and they don't use audible magic, they used the Snocap fingerprint system which apparently was good enough for them to buy Snocap. Their business model has always been built around using the content identification system to make sure the right people get paid for audio played on the site.

imeem is primarily used by people uploading and sharing audio, so using an audio fingerprinting system seems more appropriate than youtube relying on an audio fingerprinter for video content.

Social Networks

Submission + - Twitter Leads Social Networks In Downtime

illectro writes: A study on site availability by monitoring service Pingdom shows that in 2008 Twitter greeted users with the 'Fail Whale' for more than 84 hours, almost twice as much as any other site. At the other end of the scale imeem and Xanga managed less than 4 hours of downtime for 99.95% uptime. Myspace, Facebook and were the only other sites studied which managed to stay up more than 99.9% of the time.

Comment Casual Music Downloaders Stopped Using P2P (Score 1) 309

A bigger effect on the number of users downloading has been the emergence of imeem and Myspace Music which both provide instant on demand access to almost everything ever released. imeem isn't nearly as well known as myspace, but because it allows users to upload their favorite tunes to share it has a larger selection (imeem was founded by a load of ex-napster 1.0 engineers). So between them they've essentially removed a huge number of people who would go to P2P to just find one or two songs. There are a load of other less popular music sites (, pandora etc) but myspace and imeem are vastly more popular (and legal), so they're having the biggest effect.

Submission + - Record Labels Change Minds About Sharing MP3s 1

Mass Defect writes: "While the RIAA continues to sue people for p2p file sharing the record labels have made an about face and given their blessing to users sharing mp3's via the social networking site In May this year the site was being sued by Warner for running a site which allowed users to upload photos, videos and music to share on the site. However to everyone's amazement, instead of being sued out of existence, the site managed to convince the label that this free promotion was a good thing, and in July signed a deal with the label. Since then the site has added Sony, BMG, EMI and now the biggest fish of them all Universal. Imeem now has the royal flush of record labels supporting its media sharing service, each getting a cut of the advertising revenues generated by their catalogue. Finally someone has figured out a way to do 'youtube for mp3s' without getting lawsuited out of existence."
Social Networks

Submission + - imeem ('youtube for mp3s') Goes Legit (

illectro writes: " has signed a deal with Universal music making it's 'youtube for mp3s' site completely street legal. This caps off an eventful year for the social site which has seen it sued by Warner Music before signing a deal with them, later followed by deals with Sony/BMG and EMI music and now Universal. This gives them legal access to all major label music and allows users of the site to freely upload and share music, with a cut of the advertising revenue going to the copyright holders."

Submission + - A New Era Of Ad Supported Music?

youngsteve writes: "With Amazon launching its DRM free music service and Virgin closing their service it would appear that selling music with limitations is becoming a losing proposition. However a number of companies have done the next logical thing and started giving away music supported by advertising revenues. has been running a 'youtube for music' style site for the last couple of years and recently 'went legit' when they signed deals with Warner Brothers and Sony/BMG the music is high quality, on demand and user supplied which makes it feel a lot like the original Napster. Spiralfrog goes beyond browser based streaming and provides downloads of DRM protected windows media files (it's restricted to Internet Explorer users in North America) which allow you to load them onto some mp3 players but you're not allowed to burn them to CD. A third ad supported service — QTrax has yet to do much beyond press releases. So is there a market that will accept this restricted content because it's available for free, or is it a halfway step between p2p and paid downloads that has no place in the market."

Submission + - Imeem Streams Free Music From Sony, BMG & Warn (

ethos writes: "On the heels of amazon's new digital store and the demise of virgin's DRM laden effort comes the news that social media site has inked a deal with Sony/BMG to allow the use of their music on imeem. Imeem has been running their 'youtube for everything' website for over a year and recently added Warner brothers music to their repetoire in addition to the usual list of indie labels that these internet ventures inevitably acquire. imeem differs from other online music sites because the tracks are uploaded by users and after upload imeem figures out which organizations own the copyright and whether they have allowed imeem to stream the music and in exchange the copyright holders get a cut of the advertising generated by the website. Because the music is uploaded by users the quality is variable, but it appears to be CD quality at best, unlike the typical low quality streams that some stream only sites used to offer, it certainly seems like an innovative approach, but there are still gaps in their selection as no deal has yet been made with the other major labels."

Submission + - The Strokes Pay Tribute To 2001 (

illectro writes: "Indie rock band 'The Strokes' have released an alternative video for 'You Only Live Once', directed by Warren Fu (from Lucasfilm) it takes a load of apocalyptic themes and wraps them in a load of CGI which pays homage to Stanley Kubrick's 2001. The video debuted on in glorious hi-def video, by the looks of things youtube blurryvision may be on the way out as other sites compete for youtube's audience. Regardless, if you're a fan of rock music and classic sci-fi then it's a great watch."

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