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Qtrax live in five countries

By | Published on Wednesday 9 March 2011

Qtrax

Following the news that another relaunch was in the offing, Qtrax refreshed its home page last night announcing they were now live in Canada, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. More territories are expected to be added soon, while a Mac version of the currently PC-only system is apparently soon to launch as well.

Meanwhile it seems three of the four majors (we think all but Warner) have signed up to the service for a trial period. The ad-funded Qtrax is still free to use, though users must watch an ad before downloading a track, and the track will then only play through the Qtrax player which also carries advertising. That said, some reports from people who have used the all new Qtrax have been pretty positive.

With regards to the record companies licensing the new service, Billboard reports that the three majors were motivated to take part, albeit on a short term basis, to help Qtrax raise some revenue to pay off old royalty bills that were run up during previous attempts to get the digital music service off the ground.



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