Limewire died yesterday. A New York judge shut the peer-to-peer site down due its history of providing users with a platform to infringe copyrights (surprised face). This may be a sad day for all of Limewire's 14 year old user base, but the company doesn't want to go out like that. "We're hopeful that the music industry will seize the opportunity to work with LimeWire and bring a game-changing new music service to market in the future," one spokesman told PCmag.com
. But how?
The company is currently in the process of developing a site that will be basically the same but will charge users in some way. As you all know, other sites like Rhapsody and Napster have tried this and have seen very little success. It feels more like the least viable "game-changer". This idea has been hashed again and again and it's just not working. If a new kind of idea is not developed, with the help of the recording industry of course, we can expect another Limewire-ish app to sprout up (not that there aren't a dozen already). We try not to think about it.
But it speaks to a larger issue that still plagues the music industry. Record Labels: the only way to benefit yourselves now is to partner with these people that you claim to be your enemies, or at least try to work with them instead of letting the RIAA chase them down in costly law proceedings. Figure out what makes them tick. Otherwise we're all doomed to play cat-and-mouse with P2P until another method of thievery proves more ubiquitous. -brendan mehan