Shawn Fanning, the creator of the Napster file-sharing software, has announced his next project according to the BBC. Snocap, as it will be known, is a compromise between licensed downloading sites and P2P since it uses file-sharing technology, but for licensed downloads. The service, which will offer an unparalleled range of tracks, uses “acoustic fingerprinting” to determine the legal status of files and filters out illegally obtained versions. This filtering mechanism has attracted criticism since it may slow down the service.

The IPKat says that the attraction of this service is no longer the prospect of free, unregulated music downloads. Instead, to attract users, it will have to work as well as or better than the services of record companies and other providers such as Apple.

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WHAT NEXT FOR NAPSTER WHAT NEXT FOR NAPSTER Reviewed by Unknown on Tuesday, December 07, 2004 Rating: 5


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