Music-storage and -streaming service My.MP3.com is back online after it was suspended in April following law suits filed against it, said MP3.com.
My.MP3.com lets users listen to their CD collection from any computer with an Internet connection. It does this by streaming the songs from the company's database of 750,000 audio files - as long as users first prove they own the CDs by registering them with the service.
In its new incarnation, My.MP3.com will still offer a limited, free version of the service and a subscription-based version. The free service is funded by on-screen advertising and allows users to register 25 CDs, while subscribers paying $49.95 per year can register up to 500 CDs. The subscription service carries less advertising than the free account and offers more functions, such as the ability to buy CDs online, MP3.com said.
Consumers who had previously opened a My.MP3.com account will be able to access music with their old password.
Withdrawn service MP3.com withdrew the original service in April, after the five major record labels filed lawsuits against it in January. Universal, Warners, EMI, BMG and Sony sued MP3.com for copyright infringement.
Warners, EMI, BMG and Sony settled their suits against MP3.com for an estimated $20 million each. Universal continued its legal action, and on September 6 a judge found MP3.com guilty of "wilfully infringing" Universal's copyrights by including an estimated 4,700 of Universal's CDs in its song database without permission.
Two days later, however, My.MP3 announced that based on its settlements with the other four major music labels, it would be re-launching the My.MP3.com service. The settlements allow MP3.com to include CDs from those labels' back catalogues in the My.MP3.com service.
The Universal case ended on November 14, when MP3.com was ordered to pay $53.4 million to Universal to settle charges of copyright infringement.