By Richard Menta 10/12/10
It is official. Music search site SkreemR is no more. I received a note last night from company spokesperson James Gagan that confirmed our speculation that the extended downtime of the site was more than just a technical issue. James note is below:
The news comes just a few months after Skreemr had shifted from a straight download engine to one that played the files searched through the browser. Right-click downloads were no longer allowed as the site appeared to be making a concession within an overly-litigeous music environment as a means to settle in for a long run. That run is over.
Of course, companies directly licensing label content for sale to fans aren't faring much better. As Paul Resnikoff pointed out in his Digital Music News article "Wanna Start a Subscription Service? Don't... "
Resnikoff also made the observant note that the drug Lipitor Outsold the Entire US Recording Industry In 2009. The major labels are sinking like a stone and while they collectively point to sites like SkreemR as the cause of their troubles their real problems are rooted in an industry that stubbornly clings to 20th century business models a decade into a new millenium. The end result is a disfunctional relationship with their own customers.
Good luck James on your future endeavors.