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Resurrected Kazaa Now Available on iPhone, iPad

There was a time when Kazaa was one of the biggest peer-to-peer networks on the planet, a virtual all-you-could-eat buffet where users could download tons of music, movies, TV episodes and even software by way of a desktop client. But like its file-sharing peers, Kazaa went down in flames thanks to copyright infringement lawsuits submitted by the RIAA, MPAA and other organizations. It settled for a huge sum of money ($100 million) and then re-emerged years later as a legal service in July 2009, seemingly trying washing away the sins of the past.

Since its reemergence, Kazaa has offered several legal music service models, the latest of which providing unlimited, on-demand music streaming for $10 per month. And prior to Tuesday, consumers using an iOS device were suggested to use Kazaa's mobile website for access on-the-go. There's speculation that parent company Atrinsic, Inc took the browser route to keep from paying Apple's 30-percent royalty fee on purchases -- can't really blame them for that.

But that has now changed. Tuesday Atrinsic said that a Kazaa streaming music application is now available as a free download through Apple's App Store. Like many other premium music streaming services, a subscription is required for mobile use, and at this time, Kazaa's $10/month all-you-can-eat subscription is the only plan available. Unfortunately, this may hurt Kazaa in the long run given that it doesn't offer any kind of desktop-based free service as does Slacker, MOG, Spotify and others.

"Our goal is to allow our subscribers to access whatever music they want, whenever and wherever they want it in the easiest way possible with the highest quality service," said Stuart Goldfarb, President and CEO of Atrinsic, Inc. "The launch of our app today makes it even simpler for our users with Apple devices to do this. This marks another important step forward in Kazaa's product development."

According to Atrinsic, the iOS app allows subscribers to search and listen on demand, download any song, album or playlist, create, sync and access playlists anywhere, listen to Kazaa Radio, and access higher audio quality options. All subscribers get access to Kazaa's constantly updated catalogue of "millions and millions of songs."

Tuesday Reuters said that Atrinsic shares were up 46-percent at $3.29 on Nasdaq after the company released the Kazaa iOS app -- shares even touched a high of $3.75 earlier in the session. The company acquired Kazaa from Brilliant Digital in October 2010, and currently plans to offer additional Kazaa mobile apps for non-iOS devices in the future.

  • makafri
    woaaa I hope it comes with some virus for those apple products too XD
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  • Ciuy
    Only works in the US. Thats like....useless !!!!!!!!
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  • JohnnyLucky
    I remember the original Kazaa. Lots of problems.
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  • captaincharisma
    soldier37....Not if your in the US which is THE only place to be, in spite of who is running it
    the only place to be if you want to be flat broke and have everyone around you elect politicians with an IQ of 2 to run the country
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  • ben850
    captaincharismathe only place to be if you want to be flat broke and have everyone around you elect politicians with an IQ of 2 to run the country
    Speak for yourself about the "flat broke" comment.
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  • ^^ This, and I'm pretty sure the US doesn't have a monopoly on stupid politicians...
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  • captaincharisma
    Elite Marksman^^ This, and I'm pretty sure the US doesn't have a monopoly on stupid politicians...
    it sure seems that way when all your news channel's constantly report on them. With the rest of the world watching
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  • SneakySnake
    the US is tanking ppl, I'm a foreign economics student, and all the profs just shake their heads at the states.

    The euro is tanking to for that matter tho

    It's good to be Canadian :D
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  • alidan
    SneakySnakethe US is tanking ppl, I'm a foreign economics student, and all the profs just shake their heads at the states.The euro is tanking to for that matter thoIt's good to be Canadian
    what tanked the us the worst, if you know?
    was it adjustable rate mortgages, and the morons who got them because they were cheaper than fixed at the time, than the bank jacked them, foreclosed and carp... because thats what i hear more often than anything else, and could use an outside prospective on it, i don't want to here what is causing it now, but what kicked it all off.

    captaincharismait sure seems that way when all your news channel's constantly report on them. With the rest of the world watching
    meh, what i want to do, if i ever become president, would be to put a 300 page bill with tons of good things, but about 40 pages of REALLY bad, such as reinstating slavery, allowing cp to be produced and distributed and allowing for the public execution of foreigners if they make you angry. i would put the bill throw ever part of the government who votes on laws.

    there will be a part at the very end telling my plan, that this is to publicly eject from office anyone who votes yes on the bill, as they didn't even read it, and if anyone talks about the bill, they will be bugged during the proceedings under the patriot act, as anyone who would potentially vote yes on it could be seen as a domestic terrorist, would be tried in court for obstructing justice, and justice in this case, weeding out bad politicians. their job is to read, and decide, if they don't read, than why have them?

    this is probably way off topic, but had the idea in my head for a few years now.
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  • Goldengoose
    How did a discussion about Kazaa turn into an economic's argument between europe and the USA?
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