We wrote about cloud streaming service BlueTunes back in 2008 (Bulletin, 29-Sep-08) when it launched, offering an online locker from which users could stream their collections. Its key technical innovation: users only had to upload songs if they weren’t on the BlueTunes server already. However, this would also have been a controversial aspect for rightsholders. Anyway, BlueTunes has now announced that it will close at the end of January, with founders Nick Alexander and Andrew First saying they “have decided to pursue other opportunities”, but also that they were “unable to continue supporting BlueTunes in its current form”. It’s unclear whether pressure from rightsholders was a factor, or a simple business failure to make enough money from users to cover costs.

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