Former peer-to-peer file sharing service Kazaa has been relaunched as a subscription music service.
The new service allows unlimited downloads of files which can play on up to three PCs, as well as ringtones for one mobile phone, at a cost of $19.98 (£12.16) per month. The service is being run by Brilliant Digital Inc, which purchased the rights from previous owner Sharman Networks.
The relaunch marks a new start for the embattled file sharing network. Originally operating as a peer-to-peer file-sharing service, Kazaa was among the first services to step in following the shutdown of Napster.
However, lawsuits from the music and recording industries soon hit the service and by 2005 Kazaa was faced with shutdown following a $100m (£60m) legal settlement with four major record labels.
The relaunch adds Kazaa to the growing list of free peer-to-peer services that were forced to convert to paid services as a direct result of legal action.
Napster has been trying for years to regain popularity as a music subscription service, and the Pirate Bay recently announced that its own legal woes would force the site to be recast as a legitimate gaming site.
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