LimeWire Keeps Legit Flame Alive, Taps Redeye Content

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LimeWire is defending itself against a long-running and massive recording industry lawsuit.

But the peer-to-peer giant is also striking paid content deals along the way.

The latest involves Redeye Distribution, which brings roughly 20,000 tracks from 200 labels.  That includes music from Lisa Loeb, Widespread Panic, Afroman, Chuck D, and Bell X1, among many others.  Downloads from those artists are being loaded into the LimeWire Store, a planned section for paid purchases.

That could alleviate some legal pressure, and help LimeWire build a case for its more legitimate uses.  But LimeWire is mostly used for its seamless, P2P swapping capabilities, as well as its massive, free content selection.

Redeye joins previous licensees Ingrooves, Nettwerk Productions, and IRIS.  The LimeWire application – owned by Lime Wire LLC – is also presenting a stable of Redeye acts at South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas, another industry-friendly move.  LimeWire first announced its web-based store in August of last year.

Story by news analyst Alexandra Osorio.