Doesn’t look like bankrupt music search engine SeeqPod’s stated plans to sell itself to a “large media company” ever came through. Instead,…
A judge has thrown out a complaint by record label EMI against the founders of now-defunct music search engine Seeqpod, effectively ending a year-old case that attracted special attention because it also named as a defendant a developer who had used the company’s API.
Long plagued by legal challenges from major record labels, bankrupt MP3 search engine SeeqPod has been on the brink of extinction for months. But CEO Kasian Franks recently told Wired.com that SeeqPod was in final acquisition talks with a major media company, and that its savior would be able to confer legitimacy on the company by negotiating agreements with the labels that he himself could not. Now, the company appears to be tipping its hand, suggesting that Microsoft (s msft) is the buyer.
SeeqPod’s home page, which has been down more often than not over the past few weeks, now features a pair of links suggesting that the service is cocooned for rebirth. One of the links points to search.microsoft.com -– not necessarily something I’d free-associate with metamorphosis. Read More about Did Microsoft Buy SeeqPod?
Seeqpod’s founders must feel like Mike Robertson about now. Just as EMI is suing the MP3.com founder for his Sideload site, the label and it…
Online music discovery and sharing sites are a dime a dozen, but they still continue to launch. For those watching this phenomenon and wondering why new startups keep entering a crowded — and relatively unprofitable — market, look no further than Kasian Franks, CEO of Seeqpod, and Dan Kaufman, CEO of Jango.
Each CEO sees music as the killer application that will lead their users into more lucrative enterprises. Read More about Jango and Seeqpod Hope to Monetize Music