LimeWire has plans to create a legitimate music service which will tentatively arrive in 2010, Digital Music News reports. Major labels, which have won summary judgment against the company and are seeking extremely heavy penalties, are said to be supportive. "We can confirm that in our ongoing dialogues with numerous industry executives, this service has been very well received," one LimeWire source said.

On the topic of DRM, the LimeWire source confirmed to Billboard the proposed service's tracks would be DRM free. "Our goal is to create a service that will not slow users down in their enjoyment of music. We know that users want a service that is fully compatible and portable. In order to meet these user demands, it needs to be DRM free."

On the offline aspects of the new service, the source tells Billboard the service would need to address how people listen to music while on the go. "When using our new music service for standard MP3 downloads, it will be compatible with virtually every mobile device. We are also in the process of developing mobile applications that enable will over-the-air streaming and downloading to networked mobile devices, which will specifically include Android and iOS4 devices."

That puts the service in a separate class from every other existing music subscription service (which offer streaming and offline caching – meaning DRM).

We know today's standard price tiers are $5 per month for computer use and $10 for mobile features. Thus, it's reasonable to assume LimeWire will not carry the same pricing for a product with DRM-free downloads. So, that means LimeWire's proposed service, as described, would probably need to carry a cost greater than $10 per month.

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