ZapTunes (http://www.zaptunes.com/ (http://www.zaptunes.com/)), the website that shook the music industry by providing free downloads of MP3 songs (http://www.zaptunes.com/), broke the tragic news of their immediate shutdown to its thousands of users on Monday. As Zaptunes users, unwilling to see Zaptunes go, kept commenting on a blog post the company posted on Monday. A company email was sent to all its users breaking the news. "Zaptunes was the best free music downloads (http://www.zaptunes.com/) service I have encountered, and Rhapsody, iTunes, and Pandora will never compare," Julie Kyler, a dedicated user commented.
Zaptunes offered its users unlimited music downloads for a staggering 25 dollars a month, capturing the attention of its numerous competitors, such as upcoming Google Music, Spotify, and Last.fm. The deal stirred up quite an uproar in the music community, as angry music bloggers despised the attention Zaptunes received. Determined to ruin Zaptunes popularity, many bloggers accused Zaptunes of being a fraud without proper evidence to backup their accusations.
The free music download company also received positive recognition by its thousands of users. Zaptunes quickly gained popularity and became a hot spot for people looking to download unlimited music for a small monthly fee. Zaptunes users were disappointed to see their favorite place to download free music (http://www.zaptunes.com/) shutting down in just three short months. Hundreds of users commented on the company blog post to show their support and loyalty to Zaptunes.
From the very first day of its launch, ZapTunes had been struggling against numerous DMCA complaints and lawsuits that were brought against it by a handful of label companies. Defending its position, the company email clarified that ZapTunes never engaged in any illegal activity. Without providing any further information about the reasons behind the shutdown, the company email said that zaptunes.com would go offline in a week. The company email did not say whether or not ZapTunes would be able to fight the lawsuits and come back online in the near future.
However, the blog post said, "You have not seen the end of Zaptunes yet, we will be back cheaper, stronger, and unlimited forever." Despite its negative publicity, the impact of unlimited music downloads and Zaptunes was covered in various media outlets and music blogs.
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