EMI Deal Helps Peer to Peer Go Legit

With 60,000 recordings from 182 record labels, Wippit is a new attempt at a legal, profitable P2P network. Their business model is based on subscription – currently priced at US$49, the one year pass allows you unlimited downloads of all material on the service. The client guarantees no spyware or RIAA lawsuits, which is refreshing. Amongst the material available on the network are tracks from Underworld, the Stereophonics and FC Kahuna. They also have the Cheeky Girls.

The EMI deal includes artists like Radiohead and Pink Floyd, but excludes The Beatles, whose music is not available for download currently.

Fans of Shazam can forward Shazam SMSs of ID’d tracks to the Wippit Wireless number, and have the track forwarded to them for downloading later, if Wippit have the track.

Wippit are based in London, and led by Paul Myers, formerly of X-Stream.

The client is currently Windows only, but they’re considering Linux and Macintosh ports if there is enough demand.

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Fraser Lovatt

Fraser Lovatt has spent the last fifteen years working in publishing, TV and the Internet in various capacities, and believes that they will be seperate platforms for at least a while yet. His main interests at the moment are exploring where Linux is taking home entertainment and how technology is conferring technical skills on more and more people. Fraser Lovatt was born in the same year that 2001: A Space Odyssey was delighting and confusing people in the cinemas, and developed a lifelong love of technology as soon as he realised that things could be taken apart, sometimes put back together again, but mostly left in bits or made into something the original designer hadn't quite planned upon. At school he was definitely in the ZX Spectrum/Magpie/BMX camp, rather than the BBC Micro/Blue Peter/well-behaved group. This is all deeply ironic as he later went on to spend nine years working at the BBC. After a few years of working as a bookseller in Scotland, ("Back when it was actually a skilled profession" he'll tell anyone still listening), he moved to England for reasons he can't quite explain adequately to himself. After a couple of publishing jobs punctuated by sporadic bursts of travelling and photography came the aforementioned nine years at the BBC where he specialised in internet technologies and video. These days his primary interests are Java, Linux, videogames and pies - and if they're not candidates for convergence, then what is?