After paying $150 million to appease music industry lawyers, MP3.com has made both its streaming technology and its database of online music available, free of cost, to other developers of online music locker services. MP3.com says the move is meant to accelerate adoption of online music technologies, which many believe has been stalled by the music industry’s Secure Digital Music Initiative. At least one analyst believes MP3.com will be served by the move to open-source through an expansion of a community with shared interests. It is also possible that MP3.com intends to sell premium services to the expanded user base.
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