SpiralFrog Launch Delayed
January 5, 2007 at 5:52 AM (PT)
Free-music start-up SPIRALFROG was supposed to open in late 2006 but has missed the targeted launch date and, according to a CNET.COM report, is now hoping to debut in FEBRUARY.
Headquartered in NEW YORK, SPIRALFROG's proposed business model generated headlines in AUGUST (NET NEWS 8/29) when the company announced it would distribute free music downloads and support itself through advertising. UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP signed on, as did some independent labels.
SPIRALFROG's idea works like a subscription service, such as NAPSTER or MTV's URGE. Users are required to go to the company's website each month to validate their music, or else it expires. SPIRALFROG's music files won't be transferable to a CD, nor will they be compatible with APPLE's iPOD.