If the music industry thought it had killed off Russian website AllofMP3.com, it can think again. Despite reports yesterday that the site has shut down for good, the people behind it appear to have simply set up under a different name, MP3Sparks.com.
The site, which sold ultra-cheap MP3s without permission from the record labels, had been squeezed in recent months, with credit card companies withdrawing their payment services from the site, and a UK-based man being arrested for reselling vouchers allowing people to continue buying songs from it.
The new site is selling hundreds of albums for less than $2 each, and appears to be run by the same company, MediaServices. Like AllofMP3, it claims to have a legal licence to sell the tracks from a Russian licensing body, although the labels are sure to take that claim with a pinch of salt.
MP3Sparks website (via Billboard)