Project Anontune threatens Music Industry

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.

 

Reference:

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>

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3 thoughts on “Project Anontune threatens Music Industry”

  1. This sounds like a convenient service for all of us who enjoy listening to music online, however the Java Applet being programmed by the anonymous group is not so trustworthy. We need to be careful of what we run on our computers, and services that are appealing to people like this one are perfect to infiltrate on people’s computers and steal information. Pandora or Slacker offer playlist based on similar music but it is random songs. Google Music lets you upload your music to the cloud and listen to it on your browser but you need to get the music somehow (i.e. iTunes or P2P). The idea of compiling music from the internet to have it on one place could become real if some trusty company pushes this.

  2. I agree that this project has the potential to do some damage to record companies as well as the government taking a lot of flak about this. Although this sounds like a great idea to me, I am also not crazy about having a java applet run by anonymous on any of my devices. The idea of a program extracting my music from my device is also unappealing to me, so if a trustworthy organization came forward and did a project like this I would be more inclined to participate.

  3. In theory, the concept of this project would be extremely beneficial to music listeners while having the ability to cripple the music industry at the same time. I was hopeful for this service until I read “java applet”. I think, as others have commented, that the implementation of an applet may leave too many questions unanswered about who is hosting the music and who is connected through the network. I would need immense trust behind the project and its developer before taking part in the network.

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