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The company that had trouble paying bills and acquiring licensing rights the past three years has finally penned some deals. The service is expected to launch next week.
The top music labels would have lost confidence in Qtrax a long time ago if not for Jay Berman, the former RIAA chief, who is representing the music service.
First Oracle and now two other vendors are suing the online music start-up, charging it with unpaid bills. Qtrax also appears to be behind payments to at least one label.
Oracle supplied the music service with software, but Qtrax's $1.8 million payment bounced, according to court documents.
Last January all four of the major recording companies denied the start-up's assertion that it had cut deals with them. But now Qtrax is starting to gather momentum.
Legal P2P music service must still cut licensing deal before it can offer songs from Warner Music Group.
Qtrax, the legal P2P music start-up, really has signed a licensing agreement with a major label this time.
Four months after claiming it had signed licensing deals with all four of the top music companies, only to see the labels deny it, the startup pens agreement with Universal Music Group.
Web Sheriff says that, in addition to getting permission from music labels, Qtrax must get permission from artists if it wants to legally distribute their music online.
Qtrax is an implementation of Songbird with some sort of search engine integrated, but downloads aren't yet available.