by Shaleen S
Coders from the group Anonymous are trying to create a music database that will pull out the songs from the internet and allow people to create playlists and share music after creating an account with them. Apparently, by doing this they can avoid the risk of lawsuits. The members of the group are referred as anons. One of the members reached by email and said that this ardent goal started almost about six years ago as an underground hacking where the anons were discussing about music, how to organize it, and how YouTube, my space, yahoo, all combined together will make for a great music platform. However, the project Anontune is still in its early stages.
The group was unsatisfied with how the music was circulated over the internet, and wanted to make a big change about it. They were also indignant about how people were billed with ridiculous amounts for buying just a single song.
The idea behind is that internet is really vast, and people will always post up the music somewhere. Anontune will know about it, collect that music, and will store it in its database. The program will also be able to extract music from the users iPod. This will be an addition to its huge database that will be shared and open to download for all the users having an account. So this is like a P2P except it doesn’t happen simultaneously. There is however, a light apprehension in regard to how Anontune will work. The music engine will run on a users browser using a java applet. So there is this issue of trust. How far are people willing to go to allow an unknown group to run their java applet onto their browsers.
No one knows when the project will be completed, but the U.S government is not liking it. The group claims that this project is not a response to megaupload shutdown, but simply a better way to put their thoughts into reality and spread their thinking about how some things should work. Right or wrong, the project is definitely going to harm big record companies and is surely to take a lot of heat from the government.
Watercutter, Angela. “Anontune: The New Social Music Platform from ‘Anonymous’ – CNN.com.” CNN. Cable News Network, 19 Apr. 2012. Web. 21 Apr. 2012. <http://www.cnn.com/2012/04/19/tech/web/anonymous-music-service/index.html>