9 August 2007, 16:46
SpiralFrog: the ad-supported music service finally launched in beta
The SpiralFrog ad-supported music service has finally been launched. For the time being it’s only available for a selected group of users for beta-testing though.
Users will be able to download music for free. However, they will have to wait for 90 seconds for the download to complete. During that time users will have to see some advertisement or browse the site. The video downloads will take even more time to downloads. Files are protected with some kind of DRM and aren’t iPod compatible.
The owners promise a fill scale launch by the end of the year. (That’ll be a one-year delay from the previous announcement in December 2006). SpiralFrog claims it has taken so long to finish negotiations with the copyright owners. At the moment only the Warner Music Group has agreed to offer its content. 700 000 tracks are available now, hopefully by the end of the year this figure might grow to 1 500 000. According to some reports the content owners will receive 10% of the advertising revenues.
SpiralFrog Aims for End of Year Launch, The Washington Post
Ad-supported SpiralFrog finally launches music site, CNET News.com