BlueBeat Music, the company who tried to get away with selling unlicensed recordings by the Beatles and other acts by saying it owned "new" version of their work, has relaunched as a customized Internet radio site.

The outfit gained notoriety last year when it re-recorded music from the Beatles and others using a process called "psych-acoustic simulation," which CEO Hank Risen then claimed new copyrights for. EMI Music promptly sued, the courts quickly agreed, and the site was shut down before the end of the year.

Now, BlueBeat is availing themselves of compulsory Webcasting licenses to stream Internet radio instead. Visitors to the site simply enter in a "seed" song, on which the service then builds a playlist of like songs using something called Genesis Music Discovery.

If that sounds like what Pandora and Slacker does that's because it is. Even the name of the Genesis Music Discovery feature sounds like Pandora's Music Genome. But it relies on user-programmed playlists rather than technology. Only it doesn't work very well.

There's virtually no instructions for users to follow, no explanation of the difference between a "regular" search and a "Genesis" search, questionable organization of content ("killer playlist" titles under the Rock category include "Goa Trance," "Acid Jazz," and "Ambient").

Buy links send users to Amazon.com or iTunes for full prices sales, as opposed to the 25-cents the company tried to get away with earlier. The site otherwise seems to rely on display advertising.

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