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File Sharing Goes Legit With iMesh

10/26/2005 03:14:00 PM Eastern

New York — What is said to be the first authorized peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing service for music, iMesh 6.0 service, has debuted in public beta form.

iMesh, an existing P2P service that is working with the music industry to offer authorized P2P downloading, launched the new service which is said to be the first and only globally active P2P service “assuring compensation to registered rights holders.”

Service tiers include access to 2 million authorized WMA tracks from major and independent labels on an a la carte and subscription basis. Another tier provides access to public domain and “other sources of unclaimed content” culled for free from the iMesh and Gnutella P2P networks, the company said. Authorized music is identified in the iMesh media player by a gold star, and “unclaimed unregistered music” is denoted by a gray star.

The authorized service is compatible with any Microsoft “Plays For Sure” portable MP3 players.

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