Free and legal peer to peer downloads sounds like a great idea right?
Of course it does, too bad it isn’t going to happen any time soon.
Qtrax made a big splash a few days ago when it promised free and legal iPod compatible music that was ad supported.
Unfortunately not a single of the big 4 labels have signed on with Qtrax to deliver such music.
Basically Qtrax is just an application that is a front end for the Gnutella P2P network. They promised that the music, even though wrapped in DRM, would be working with iPods soon.
I highly doubt that such a service would ever exist, at least for a few years anyway.
The only thing that makes me wonder is why so many websites, such as TechCrunch, Wired, etc. actually believed that this service was actually legal and that all of the labels were signed on. TechCrunch even went so far as to say “Told you so.” It really makes me wonder if you can trust some of these websites.
I guess if you want to download the Qtrax application and use it to play music, go right ahead. The website says that they are activating Qtrax accounts in stages, you can interpret that as you’d like.