LimeWire subscribers will have “complete and instant access to their entire library and catalog across their desktop, devices, and in the cloud.”
After the RIAA won its copyright infringement trial against LimeWire last month it was clear the file-sharing service had to come up with a new distribution model if it intends to stay in business. According to a recent report it has, the company’s executives revealing that it plans to roll out a subscription-based “ecosystem” that will include desktop and mobile apps, and allow both downloading and streaming of content.
“Users will have complete and instant access to their entire library and catalog across their desktop, devices, and in the cloud,” said an unnamed executive.
The new LimeWire will also sync with Apple’s iTunes and allow people to expand on their preexisting music libraries.
“By syncing iTunes playlists and content to the cloud, users’ existing libraries are available to access and stream to a wide range of connected devices,” he added.
As for record labels cooperating with such a bold makeover, LimeWire insists that “this service has been very well received” by executives in the music industry.
What may be the hardest obstacle for LimeWire to overcome may not be deciding what new form it will take, but rather if it will have the financial resources to even do so.
The RIAA claims LimeWire owes it “substantial damages, totaling hundreds of millions of dollars, or even billions, because of the massive infringing conduct,” and last week the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) filed suit for its own share of “equitable relief.” Satisfying both claims and staying afloat may be too much to ask for.
There’s also the question of whether or not people would even pay for a LimeWire “ecosystem.” Unless it was only a few dollars per month I doubt anybody would pay for something they probably don’t need.