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When the history of the digital media revolution is written, Qtrax will find its way into a footnote as a cautionary tale. Its launch announcement at this year's MIDEM music festival in Cannes generated the sort of interest generally reserved for the Second Coming: the press conference was standing room only, the sponsored concerts generated huge positive buzz, and the signage (we're told) looked great. Do not underestimate the power of positive signage.

More importantly, the announcement of legal, free, non-adware-infested P2P music sent music lovers into a feeding frenzy. 500,000 people downloaded the customized Qtrax browser (based on Mozilla and the Songbird project) after the launch announcement. They expected to download virus-free tunes using P2P technology in exchange for viewing some ads, but as our own Ken Fisher found, people instead experienced the most "jacked-up, disappointing launch in years." Problem number one: Qtrax had to pull the music after admitting that it did not, in fact, have the necessary licenses in hand.
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One idea that came up repeatedly at the conference was that music lovers really do want artists to get paid and they really do want to get legal—but they'll do it illegally if the alternatives aren't good enough. If Qtrax can truly deliver on its promises and roll the music back out in the coming weeks, and if it can truly find a way to cover its costs, it could be on to something big. But it's also up against giants; MySpace is rumored to be prepping a similar ad-supported download/streaming service, and there are even hints that Google could get in the game.

Qtrax still has time to beat those projects to market, but that time could be running short
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Interesting news, unfortunately I will have to play the skeptic and believe it when I see it.
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I hate all of this whole legal free music stuff. Until it actually has proof of it, I wouldnt trust it.
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Somehow i see this blowing up in everyone's faces who use it in the end.
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If you want free, creative commons licensed music, see Jamendo (Has 7300 albums -- some good, some not.) It's probably my favorite site for finding music, especially since all songs are available to download via http, bittorrent, or emule.

Obviously the problem with Qtrax is:
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Qtrax wants to be that legal method to grab music, but it's more of a "free as in beer" service than a "free as in speech" one.
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