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P2P Update: Morpheus on FIRE, MediaForce on Movie Piracy, and More
By LTVNET
(more articles from this author)
2001-07-11
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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 article.

(Just for clarification, MusicCity and Netherlands-based KaZaA operate as a combined peer-to-peer network utilizing MusicCity's Morpheus platform)

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 soon.

Last but certainly not least, the "new" Napster remains on the blink after a week. What a difference six months makes.

Linkography

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


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