Remember Kazaa? Subscription Site Sidesteps App Store
Do you remember the early-’00s peer-to-peer network Kazaa? We’d all but forgotten Kazaa from our high school days but, apparently, after years of lawsuits, the service has been up and running legally for some time.
Kazaa, which emerged after Napster’s shutdown and gained popularity with P2P users, was more recently acquired by the search marketing company Altrinsic.
Today Altrinsic issued a press release, largely derided by TechCrunch, in which the company invites Kazaa users to simply visit www.kazaa.com on their iPhone or iPad, instead of looking for a Kazaa app in the App Store (there isn’t one). This mobile web version of Kazaa will avoid Apple’s new 30% App Store fees for content providers, says Altrinsic.
Kazaa.com is a cleanly-built subscription and download service that looks similar to it’s better-publicized competitors MOG or Rdio.
We’re not really sure who’s using Kazaa these days with so many great sites out there in the ridiculously competitive and unprofitable music consumption space – but Kazaa certainly has brand-name power in this game. As TechCrunch point out, the already-obscure site likely won’t gain a whole lot of traction from shunning one of the most popular distribution channels.