Anonymous Starts Social Music Platform


“It is time to solve
this little problem…”


By Blurt Staff is reporting on Anontune,
a social music platform launching at the hands of some of the Anonymous hackers
(“a small group of coders claiming to be part of Anonymous” is how the tech
magazine/website describes them). The goal? “Create a service that seamlessly
pulls up songs streaming from all around the internet.”


To that end, Anontune will presumably make it possible for
everyday folks (like… well, like us or you) to construct digital playlists of content
pulled from third-party sources (YouTube, MySpace, Vevo, Bandcamp and
Soundcloud would be the most obvious ones that come to mind) – and share those
playlists “while keeping the service from being shut down by music industry
lawsuits.” The idea? Essentially, to perform an end run around the music-biz
gatekeepers – that would be content providers, i.e. the record labels – and make
it easier for fans to consolidate and organize content which might be spread
across multiple sources.


A member of Anonymous is quoted as telling Wired, “We would
say stuff like, ‘People really use YouTube as a music player yet it really
sucks for that purpose … it’s too unorganized.’ And then, ‘YouTube does make a
good music player but you can’t play all your songs on it since the obscure
ones aren’t uploaded,’ then eventually, ‘Hmmm, what if you were to combine
music websites like MySpace, Yahoo, YouTube and others?'”


Check out the video about Anontune that the group posted to
the web:






Wired further reports that the platform has been in
development for a number of months, and following some rounds of testing and
fine tuning, Anonymous decided to go ahead and put a prototype online that is
said to be about “20% complete.” If you go to the website you can
pull up a detailed white paper PDF that outlines the thinking behind Anontune
(which does in fact throw down the gauntlet for the record industry to a
degree, but without getting jingoistic), discusses its trajectory to date, and
invites fans’ participation. You can also view an online demo featuring tracks
from Nirvana, Jeff Buckley, Joy Division and others – plus a video clip of a
gamer giving a tutorial on a first-person shooter game! (Check the Soundcloud
crawl at the top of the music player as well.)


Re: The idea? In addition to the flexibility and convenience the platform is
supposed to offer, it is intended to give fans a means of listening to music
for free online without turning into music pirates. However, Electronic Frontier
Foundation attorney Corynne McSherry, quoted in the article, suggests caution,
saying, “What we’re seeing here is a situation where the government is getting
much more involved in enforcement, and we know that the U.S. government
doesn’t like Anonymous all that much anyway. I think content owners, if they
feel like the site is a really viable site, they’re going to be pretty nervous
[about this]. Because they like to have people that they can make deals with,
and there’s no one to make a deal with in this situation.”


Game on, then. Read the entire, fascinating article at





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