Whilst most of the attention is on the BPI’s attack on All Of MP3, another MP3 download site quietly died yesterday.
Karma Download is currently showing a page which says that it’s “temporarily suspended”, but I hear that it’s very unlikely to return.
That’s a real shame. Like All Of MP3, Karma Download sold its music without any DRM. You were free to play the files wherever you wanted.
Of course, I’m slightly biased here as in early 2004 I wrote the backend of the site and it’s a project I’m really proud of. In a couple of months I took a prototype that was written in a very nasty selection of technologies (Cold Fusion, Access, IIS, Windows) and rewrote it using sensible technologies (Perl, MySQL, Apache, OSX – the last one wasn’t my choice!)
The places where you can legally buy digital music files without DRM are shrinking fast. It’s no wonder that people are drawn to places of dubious legality (like All Of MP3) or illegal file-swapping networks.