Will QTrax’s Legal Peer-To-Peer System Inspire The World’s BitTerrorists To Go Legit?

qtraxxxxx.gifWell, probably not. But it’s still worth noting that the long-in-the-works sanctioned P2P site QTrax–which has songs from all four major labels in its catalog–launched its beta site today, only three months after it was supposed to. QTrax is going to be another attempt at the “‘free’ music that makes you stare at advertising” model that’s recently been tested by the money-burning SpiralFrog, and judging by the company’s high placement on Google Trends this morning it would seem that at least a few people are interested in checking it out.

While heralding its easy installation process and ability to snag ringtones from its system, for some reason the QTrax marketing material doesn’t mention whether or not the downloadable tracks are copy-protected or set to expire after a certain number of plays. (A New York Times story in April hinted that many songs would “expire” after five plays, and attempts to listen to expired songs would result in users being directed to a purchase page.) I’d test this claim out myself, but–wait for it!–the Mac client won’t be ready until mid-March, which leads me to believe that the songs are copy-protected somehow. (SpiralFrog’s downloads, for example, expire after 30 days, and they too have the blessing of the major labels.) The QTrax powers that be wouldn’t be trying to snooker people into trying the site out and harvesting their e-mail addresses before getting a full feel for its “user experience,” would they?

QTrax [Official site]

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  • coolfer

    did the beta launch today? i happened to stroll by the site and posted that the beta was up, but i don’t know when it went live.

    the fact that qtrax doesn’t get into the details leads me to believe the details are going to be very disappointing. a p2p service that returns only licensed tracks is going to have a tough time gaining users. since the service is supported by ads (read: free) there will almost certainly be some sort of locks on the tracks. anybody who wants that kind of pain and suffering should just pony up the money for a good subscription service like rhapsody.

    a point of clarification: spiralfrog tracks expire after 30 days if you don’t log in to update your account. otherwise they keep on playing.

  • Anonymous

    Can anyone actually download the Qtrax Beta? I went to their web site and the download button does not work at all. I am wondering if the Qtrax really is in beta. If it were users would actually be able to download the software. If users can not download the beta, I am wondering if the beta really exists, and that Qtrax was not able to technically deliver.

    A lot of people believe their technical approach was not technically viable in the first place. As far as I can see, the Qtrax beta is vapor.

  • Maura Johnston

    @coolfer: sort of. but not really.

  • worldsfair

    dudes just how much longer do you think its gonna take before bonafide online ad buyers decide to stop doing struggling content websites this huge favor of just throwing money at ‘em for miniscule effects on awareness/sales…

    personally im sick to death of all these supposedly “new fangled” but truly “me-too” websites and the lame business models and lame value to consumers being proffered