Beyond Oblivion isn’t quite dead yet. The company – or at least the new owners of its assets – has launched its Boinc music service as a private beta test for iPhone.
We spotted the app go live on the App Store this weekend, with a one-line description: “boinc is all the music in the world”. Visit the Boinc website, and there’s also a button to ‘apply for a beta pass’, although at the time of writing ours hadn’t arrived.
Probably a good thing: the app’s terms and conditions specify that “you agree not to discuss the Beta Review, the Beyond Music Service or any Feedback outside of the Beta Review forums (e.g. you shall not post on any public forums or blogs, etc…”
The App Store screenshots include a prominent mention of Adele, suggesting that both her albums (19 and 21) are part of Boinc’s catalogue.
The first incarnation of Beyond Oblivion shut down in December 2011 before ever launching Boinc as a commercial service. The company filed for bankruptcy protection the following month, but CEO Adam Kidron emerged as the winning bidder for its assets in March.
In June, Music Ally revealed that Kidron is now working with former Saffron Digital and HTC executive Shashi Fernando on relaunching Boinc – Fernando is Beyond Oblivion’s president now. The iPhone beta test is presumably part of that relaunch process.