Golem.de reports that the social music and media streaming service iMeem has been overtaken by Rupert Murdoch’s MySpace.com and eventually been closed. It seems like this buy was intended only to remove a possible competitor from the market.
iMeem was a Start up from San Francisco. It was founded by former Napster Employees. Users could upload music and music videos, that could then be listened to as a stream. In 2007 iMeem managed to make deals with major music labels in the U.S.
Say, do you wanna listen to musiq for free? Surely, everybody does. But in contrast to downloading albums illegally from Rapidshare, with “LastFM” and “imeem” it is legal to listen to music online. In general both services offer quite the same.
What is “imeem”?
The one little difference is that LastFM is now beginning to charge its users for allowing them to stream music to their clients. Only users from the U.S., U.K. and Germany seem to be excluded from this new business model. imeem in contrast to LastFM is still free. Anyway for playing songs at the full length on imeem a free registration is required. Luckily the registration process at imeem really takes some seconds and only requires your surename, forename, email-address, password and birthdate. Without registration only 30 seconds of the songs are being played (see our precompiled playlist at the bottom of this article). Some background information about imeem can be found here.