Latest repentant bad boy to see the light...
Like celebrities entering rehab, it seems to have become a time honoured tradition for formerly infamous illegal download programmes like Napster and bittorent to morph into industry acceptable, mildly anaemic online music stores.
So is the case with LimeWire which this month opens itself up as an underdog Indie record store with DRM-free 256Kbps tracks available for purchase either on an ad-hoc basis or through subscription.
Retaining some of its heritage, LimeWire still offers its P2P software and this enables it to conduct sales either via the website or directly through the client. Tracks are charged at 99c apiece with albums available for under $10. On the subscription side, ‘Silver’, ‘Gold’ and ‘Platinum’ grades are available for $10 and 40 cents per track, $15 and 30 cents per track and $20 and 27 cents per track respectively.
The launch is certainly low key (if even we’ve known about it for some time) – and it is clearly trying not to compete head on with the likes of Apple, Amazon, 7Digital or Play. Still, if you’re increasingly fed-up by what you see in our mockery of a Top 40 then some time spent surfing the LimeWire store may not be the worst way to avoid the relatives this Easter Monday…