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Morpheus undergoes tune-up, delays 2.0

Written by Lasse Penttinen @ 10 Jun 2002 11:06

StreamCast Networks is tuning up the current version of its Morpheus software amid delays in launching the next generation of its file-swapping service.
The company said it will release on Monday an update to its Morpheus Preview Edition software that offers instant messaging that connects with AOL Instant Messenger (AIM), among other features. Dubbed Morpheus 1.9, the software will be based on the Gnutella architecture, according to the company. It was not yet available through the Morpheus site midday Monday.

StreamCast, formerly known as MusicCity, previously had licensed its technology from the Netherlands-based Kazaa BV. It switched to the open-source Gnutella technology after an unexpected, temporary shutdown of its service.

The Morpheus update comes against a backdrop of frustration over delays of its 2.0 software and mounting legal headaches. In December, StreamCast told people using its software that it was close to releasing version 2.0, which will support Windows XP. But the company has yet to launch the new Morpheus.

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