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SpiralFrog debuts with 770,000 songs

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 16 Sep 2007 19:26 User comments (31)

SpiralFrog debuts with 770,000 songs SpiralFrog, an advertisement supported free music download site, has proven critics wrong by making its official debut on Sunday. The new service touts an impressive catalog of more than 770,000 music tracks and 3,500 music videos from many independent labels and also the world's largest record company, Universal Music Group.
The service was initially announced in August 2006, and its plans at the time gave it the "potential iTunes killer" label, but after suffering some financial issues and an executive shakeup in December, many critics doubted that the service would ever manage to launch.

SpiralFrog is unique in that it has discovered a method to offer a free alternative to P2P file sharing that carries some major label music. A quick check shows that the service is carrying 8 of the top ten songs according to Billboard. Users of the service much view advertisements while music downloads. It can be stored on 2 portable music players that support Windows Media Digital Rights Management (DRM). Membership must be renewed every 30 days for the music to keep on working.

More info: http://www.spiralfrog.com

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31 user comments

116.9.2007 21:32

I'm registering :) About time this company opened its doors. And plus since it uses Windows DRM maybe theres hope to be able to use FairUse4WM?

216.9.2007 22:12
WierdName
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Wow, they opened already?

Originally posted by PeaInAPod:
I'm registering :) About time this company opened its doors. And plus since it uses Windows DRM maybe theres hope to be able to use FairUse4WM?
Yes, once sent an invite to join maybe a couple weeks ago, I almost immediately tested it and confirm that it works if you use a program called mirakagi in order to load the keys from WMP after playing the file and FairUse4WM 1.3Fix-2. I'm not sure about other setups but that is mine and it works fine.

316.9.2007 22:35

Nah, not working with my iPod. If it would, I'd change p2p for that.

416.9.2007 22:38
WierdName
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Originally posted by hape:
Nah, not working with my iPod. If it would, I'd change p2p for that.
Of course it won't work on Ipod. These are .WMA files and the Ipod will play .MP3 files. However, you can put these tracks on your Ipod using a method of removing the DRM with a program called FairUse4WM. After using it, you can convert the output files to .MP3 which can be uploaded to your Ipod.

516.9.2007 23:29

sucks that don't like in the usa or can

617.9.2007 13:20

This does work in the us but I tried and downloaded a song then when I went too find the song, and guess what not anywhere on my computer so I un-installed and will never try again.

IT SUCKS!!!!!!!!

717.9.2007 13:38

From the SpiralFrog FAQ:

Quote:
Please remember that our music files only play if you continue to renew your monthly membership at SpiralFrog. If you renew every 30 days, all the music you download from SpiralFrog is good to go – however, you need to sync your portable devices every month as well in order to update the licenses on the songs you’ve transferred so they’ll play as well.
That means that if they go under, or change their policy, your songs will no longer play.

I'd say the odds are against SpiralFrog, since the files won't play on the most popular player (unless you crack the DRM and re-encode the file). If you are trying to make money from music downloads, your downloads really should play on an iPod.
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 17 Sep 2007 @ 13:43

817.9.2007 17:39

I doubted that this would fail but i'm glad to see that it has launched and it is possible to take out the drm and convert to mp3. Now they just need to work on their selection and popularity if they wish to be a contender.

917.9.2007 19:02

Great way to discover new music, but...

1. more music I don't get to keep and that isn't mine.
2. there are other outlets for discovering new music that don't involve them feeling up my computer.

I don't know.
Seems too Napster to me.

1017.9.2007 20:49

Interesting.... How does the 30 day thing work? I only connect my iPod maybe once every six months to my computer as I am pretty content with my old music.

Does the music stop working even if you don't connect it to your computer? If so it probably uses the calender on your MP3 player.

I am not sure where the MP3 player gets the date from, probably the computer, but if the songs disable themselves while on your MP3 player then that means they probably keep track of the date via a calender (the iPod has one, I am sure other MP3 players do too).


If this is the case couldn't you just set your MP3 player's date way ahead, as in 5+ years, of the current date and then load the music on your player? If it works off the date on your MP3 player this would let you listen to the music basically forever.

Just an idea, I haven't tried it but the article acts like the music will expire if you don't connect the MP3 player to your PC to update the license every 30 days.

Peace

1117.9.2007 22:56
WierdName
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Originally posted by Pop_Smith:
Interesting.... How does the 30 day thing work? I only connect my iPod maybe once every six months to my computer as I am pretty content with my old music.

Does the music stop working even if you don't connect it to your computer? If so it probably uses the calender on your MP3 player.

I am not sure where the MP3 player gets the date from, probably the computer, but if the songs disable themselves while on your MP3 player then that means they probably keep track of the date via a calender (the iPod has one, I am sure other MP3 players do too).


If this is the case couldn't you just set your MP3 player's date way ahead, as in 5+ years, of the current date and then load the music on your player? If it works off the date on your MP3 player this would let you listen to the music basically forever.

Just an idea, I haven't tried it but the article acts like the music will expire if you don't connect the MP3 player to your PC to update the license every 30 days.

Peace
These are .WMA files. You can convert to MP3 though if you use FairUse4WM to remove the DRM first.

1218.9.2007 8:12

Where's the advertisement? I downloaded 2 songs and didn't see any advertisements.

1318.9.2007 11:58
WierdName
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Originally posted by BludRayne:
Where's the advertisement? I downloaded 2 songs and didn't see any advertisements.
I think it's every 30 days you have to "renew" membership by watching ads/an ad.

1418.9.2007 13:34

Things seem to be pretty slow over at the site or maybe it's just me? Any one else experiencing this?

1518.9.2007 13:43
WierdName
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Originally posted by ydkjman:
Things seem to be pretty slow over at the site or maybe it's just me? Any one else experiencing this?
It could be an overload of their servers. Maybe too many people are trying to access the site and they don't have enough bandwith/servers/whatever to handle everyone.

1618.9.2007 18:45
cousinkix
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What kind of idiots ask us to create our own passwords that won't work if we try to use them? Hell might freeze over before these retards send me a new one that does. Been waiting for almost 3 days. Not much there any way. F--- it...

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 18 Sep 2007 @ 18:47

1718.9.2007 18:50
WierdName
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Originally posted by cousinkix:
What kind of idiots ask us to create our own passwords that won't work if we try to use them? Hell might freeze over before these retards send me a new one that does. Been waiting for almost 3 days. Not much there any way. F--- it...
I think the problem might be on your side there because I haven't heard of anyone having issues logging in but have heard of people that do get in.

EDIT- Hmm, I noticed that I've made every other post towards the bottom.
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 18 Sep 2007 @ 18:51

1819.9.2007 2:57

Wow, I went to go dl some more songs this morning (9/19/07) and the site isn't working because they are expanding. After only two days they have more than expected users. What did they expect? It's free music legally.

1919.9.2007 10:02

i kinda scrolled down to post this so please excuse me if i'm reiterating a previous post, but if they we to make the songs playable on an ipod w/o cracking the DRM (as in u download it and your good to go) it strikes me that it couldnt be labled as an itunes killer. just a thought

2021.9.2007 3:24
sheri1983
Inactive

Fluff piece.

2123.9.2007 0:47

What a shame its for US and Canada only,can,t get it here in the UK :(

2223.9.2007 5:14
sheri1983
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Originally posted by ispy:
What a shame its for US and Canada only,can,t get it here in the UK :(
Once you read the fine print, you'll realize 1) you're not missing out on much, and 2) a year from now, no one will remember "SpiralDog".

2323.9.2007 8:11
inca98
Inactive

Is there a way to remove the DRM for the videos?

2423.9.2007 9:22

No great loss then....guess I'll stick with Limewire then!!!!

2523.9.2007 12:07
WierdName
Inactive

Originally posted by inca98:
Is there a way to remove the DRM for the videos?
Although I haven't done it, you might be able to use FairUse4WM to take it out.

2624.9.2007 14:33

sounds promising however i will wait and see what follows this in regards to the foot steps of this frog company.

2724.9.2007 17:29

Quote:
Originally posted by inca98:
Is there a way to remove the DRM for the videos?
Although I haven't done it, you might be able to use FairUse4WM to take it out.
It works for both video and the music.

2824.9.2007 20:20
WierdName
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Originally posted by ydkjman:
It works for both video and the music.
Cool, I've done it with audio but hadn't tried it will the videos. So I guess now it's confirmed to work on audio and video.

2924.9.2007 20:36

You're going to have to use this program mirakagi along with FairUse4WM to get it to work.

3024.9.2007 21:34
WierdName
Inactive

Ya, mirakagi will aid in grabbing the keys from WMP for FU4WM to use.

3125.9.2007 9:08

Works a treat with Video DL from BBCiPlayer here in Uk

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