Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 16th Apr 2011 16:01 UTC
Google So, Google has been working on setting up an internet music service for a while now, and we even know some of the details about what Google wants it to look like. Sadly, however, rumour has it the negotiations with the music industry have been so frustrating, Google is contemplating abandoning the entire project altogether. This has led some to wonder - why doesn't Google, or a consortium of technology companies, just buy the music industry outright?
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RE[4]: still not doing it right
by kelvin on Sun 17th Apr 2011 19:19 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: still not doing it right"
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Somebody hasn't heard of spotify then?

I don't think Spotify is available in the United States yet.

For those of you who don't know: Spotify allows you to listen to unlimited amounts of music from all the major labels at zero cost (but with ads both inbetween songs and graphically in the proprietary client). There's also a premium ad-free subscription available for 99kr/month (roughly $15/month). The premium subscription is required for Spotify on smartphones.

The client is peer-to-peer and the music is vorbis-encoded (and encrypted both in transit and in the cache on your hard disk). There are native Windows and Mac clients, but the Windows client works fine in Wine on Linux.

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