P2P Update: Morpheus on FIRE, MediaForce on Movie Piracy, and More
MusicCity has released the first upgrade to their
Morpheus client software.
Since their launch on April 21, MusicCity/KaZaA has
become the premiere file-swapping alternative with
well over 4 million downloads of Morpheus to date.
Download.com recorded 178,096 downloads this past
Tuesday alone. There are 424,000 simultaneous users
on MusicCity/KaZaA right now as I prepare this
(Just for clarification, MusicCity and
Netherlands-based KaZaA operate as a combined
peer-to-peer network utilizing MusicCity's Morpheus
There's still a massive public appetite for the OLD
Napster. Wouldn't you say?
But Michael Weiss, President of MusicCity, doesn't
like being compared with the original file-sharing
monster. "We certainly do not characterize ourselves
as such [the next Napster] and certainly is not what
we set out to achieve, nor is the direction we have
taken," Mr. Weiss said in a recent interview. "We are
positioning Morpheus to become an alternative to the
World Wide Web and existing web-based networks."
The RIAA and the MPAA have yet to go after MusicCity.
Perhaps they're going to employ their recent Aimster
strategy? Attack them full force when they hit 5
million users? Who knows?
Regardless, you can expect more groundbreaking moves
from MusicCity - and soon. Mr. Weiss further states,
"In the future you will see us expand to many more
communication and community based services, expand the
ability for users to search through many P2P networks
simultaneously as well as instant message using
multiple IM platforms."
Interestingly, the people behind MusicCity have
extensive backgrounds in traditional terrestrial
radio. MusicCity is also backed by a prestigious
venture capital firm.
In other P2P news, a ZDNet article reports the
skyrocketing expansion of online movie piracy, with
over a million transfers recorded last June, according
to Aaron Fessler, CEO of MediaForce. I recently spoke
with Mr. Fessler who confirmed that "well over 90%" of
the movie piracy is being done via P2P networks, with
Aimster, IRC and MusicCity/KaZaA leading the way.
Be on the lookout for an interesting combination of
P2P and Internet radio dubbed iNoize. Details coming
Last but certainly not least, the "new" Napster
remains on the blink after a week. What a difference
six months makes.
Aimster - www.aimster.com
iNoize - www.inoize.com
IRC - www.irc.org
KaZaA - www.kazaa.com
MediaForce - www.mediaforce.com
MusicCity - www.musiccity.com
MPAA - www.mpaa.org
Napster - www.napster.com
RIAA - www.riaa.com