Failures

by Mike Masnick


Filed Under:
mp3s, search engine

Companies:
zaptunes



Bogus 'Free' MP3 Download Site Going Away, Blaming Blogs For Wanting To Ruin Its Popularity

from the um,-right dept

Back at the end of August, we noted the ridiculous claims of an operation called "ZapTunes," which insisted that it was offering unlimited MP3 downloads for $25/month -- but with a "free" trial period (but one where you still had to hand over your credit card details). As we said at the time, nothing about the site sounded legit, despite its claims to the contrary. A little digging suggested that the site was actually just a search engine for MP3s, using (at least) Last.fm's database (which includes plenty of song listings that you can't download). $25 per month for a search engine that suggested you could access songs that simply weren't online (musicians who used Last.fm saw their own unreleased tracks "listed" in the search engine)? Uh, yeah, right. On top of that, there were bizarre, unsubstantiated claims about $5 million in funding.

We also noted that the site was already being sued by EMI, and now (not surprisingly), the company has announced that it's shutting down the site in a week, with a bizarre and equally amusing press release, claiming that it was "angry music bloggers," who "despised the attention" the company got, who helped "ruin" the site's "popularity." Um. Yeah. Except none of that is true. If there were actually a site that offered this kind of deal, legally, tons of sites would report on it happily and encourage people to check it out. But this clearly was not such a site. The company claims it will be back, but, given that it couldn't substantiate any of its initial claims, I wouldn't hold my breath for that...

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    Anonymous Coward, 28 Oct 2010 @ 5:53am

    "it was "angry music bloggers," who "despised the attention" the company got, who helped "ruin" the site's "popularity.""

    They should sue these angry music bloggers for defamation!!!!

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