Qtrax, ostensibly the first free and legal P2P service, went live yesterday to all sorts of questions. If there record labels didn’t sign any deals with the service, whose music would it be serving? Why would it make such a hullabaloo about its launch if the man behind the curtain was asleep? Will the source code for its main software component be released? (Qtrax is based on Songbird, which is GPL’d.) If so, what’s to stop “hacked” builds from connecting to the service?
This phrase I’ve read on many forums pretty much sums it all up: “Gnutella with DRM? Awesome!”
Good luck, bro.
Qtrax jumped gun on online deal, labels say [Los Angeles Times]