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2008-03-18T09:04:24Z
Limewire, the file sharing service where I'd be shocked, shocked I say to find pirated music, has launched a DRM-free digital music store offering half a million MP3s for as little as 27 cents per track. The good news? Pretty good sound quality and no restrictions. The bad news? You never heard of anybody on the list of artists.

Users of the application will eventually see "buy" links alongside options to download songs for free from other users using BitTorrent or Gnutella technology. Those who don't want to install the LimeWire P2P application can already access the LimeWire Store online.

At 256 Kbps, LimeWire's MP3s are relatively high-quality files, which could entice some to buy a given track rather than downloading a potentially inferior-sounding version for free. On the other hand, there's plenty of music encoded at 320 Kbps MP3 and various lossless formats on the P2P networks.

There's a sliding scale of membership fees for subscription levels that range from free to $20 a month. The free user would pay $0.99 per song downloaded. That sounds suspiciously like an iTunes Store price. And I've heard of the bands on iTunes. But if you're intent on giving emo kids with an old DAT and Audacity in their mom's basement some money, Limewire lets you do it.


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ice91785
2008-03-18T09:38:08Z
Limewire is not a good source for any media -- you may get the media but at the risk of infecting your PC probably not; especially since they basically open gateways (read the EULA) for 3rd party adware to infest you; I think I will stay away all together
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2008-03-18T09:42:05Z

 ive seen plenty of systems get infected with viruss from stuff theyve downloaded

Anonymous
2008-03-18T13:35:39Z

limewire is kazaa like or morpheus,so not at all safe

AjayD
2008-03-18T23:12:11Z
This sounds like a feeble attempt to legitimize LimeWire while possibly turning a profit. It doesn't sound like too bright of an idea to have links to pay for music right next to links where you can DL the same music for free either. I'm still waiting for someone to offer audio files in their original, uncompressed form.
Anonymous
2008-03-19T00:25:05Z

I do not think that this will have success

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2008-03-19T11:16:21Z
Anonymous
2008-03-19T13:21:19Z

I guess copyright laws do not get Limewire because it is mostly filled with viruses,malware and files that are named with one name,and they are practically another thing