updated 04:45 pm EDT, Tue August 18, 2009
Qtrax outs music downloads
Qtrax recently announced that its free and legal music download service will soon launch, naming October 28th as the launch date in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand. A launch in the US, Canada and the UK will happen before year's end, Qtrax informs, while the rest of the world will get the service within the first half of 2010. The reason for the initial Asia launch is because of the region's record Internet user growth and specifically the ratio of Internet users downloading music, which is more than double that of the US.
The peer-to-peer download service was previously best known for missing its initial launch as it falsely claimed it had reached licenses with EMI, Sony BMG, Universal, and Warner. Of these, only Universal had said it was in talks with Qtrax at the time.
While no other current specifics are known about Qtrax and its offerings, the same earlier report had the company promising 5 million songs from EMI and Universal, with more than 25 million from all four labels that were claimed to have partnered with Qtrax.