EMusic launches anti-Napster software

EMusic developed what it calls "acoustic fingerprinting" technology after discussions between the two companies concerning unauthorised distribution of songs licensed to EMusic broke down, the company said in a statement. The software launched by EMusic will be used to identify songs on the Napster service that EMusic says infringe copyright laws, the company said.

"Napster's unfortunate and inflexible response has been that EMusic's only course of action is to request that offending users' accounts be cut off completely," said Gene Hoffman, president and chief executive officer of EMusic in the statement.

Napster officials could not be reached for comment.

Napster's client software allows users to trade music in a noncommercial format, which has proven to be extremely controversial, while EMusic charges users for licensed titles either on a per-song, per-album, or subscription-based fee. Single songs on the site cost about 99 US cents with entire albums costing $US8.99. Additionally, EMusic offers users a $US9.99 subscription service with unlimited downloads of around 140,000 licensed titles, according to EMusic's Web site.

According to EMusic, the company tried to offer "several" technical solutions for blocking unauthorised songs from being downloaded through Napster but in turn Napster would only agree to provide the names of Napster users identified as distributing EMusic tracks so that EMusic could then block their accounts.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Laura Rohde

PC World
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?