LimeWire P2P music sharing platform relaunches as an NFT Marketplace

Former music sharing platform LimeWire is being relaunched as an NFTs music platform, it also seeks to help artists by letting them sell NFTs that represent songs, giving buyers a direct link to the musicians they support.
LimeWire P2P music sharing platform relaunches as an NFT Marketplace

A prominent early-2000s peer-to-peer music sharing service is getting a second act. The new owners of LimeWire stated today that the long-dormant brand will be revived as an NFT marketplace, initially focusing on music and associated collectibles.

LimeWire, led by co-CEOs Paul and Julian Zehetmayr, a pair of serial digital entrepreneurs, will launch in May. The brothers bought the LimeWire brand last year in order to revive it to a new generation of digital listeners.

“We greatly admire the strength and enthusiasm of the LimeWire brand and what it means for an entire generation of individuals, and we could not be more eager to bring it back to life in the fast-paced world of digital collectibles, music, and entertainment.”

The LimeWire relaunch

LimeWire will be run by a brand-new staff with no ties to the old company, which began in 2000. The original LimeWire service was shut down in 2010 after a legal injunction was issued in response to a series of legal challenges from record companies alleging copyright infringement.

The Zehetmayrs see the relaunch as an opportunity to change LimeWire’s long-term narrative. Rather than allowing users to freely distribute songs as the old LimeWire did, the new LimeWire aims to assist artists by allowing them to sell NFTs that represent songs, providing consumers with a direct link to the musicians they support.

LimeWire P2P music sharing platform relaunches as an NFT Marketplace
LimeWire co-CEOo Julian (left) and Paul Zehetmayr. Image: LimeWire

The co-CEOs stated, “LimeWire is returning as a platform for artists, not against them.” “On LimeWire, the majority of the money will go straight to the artist, and we’ll be working with creators to provide them complete flexibility, ownership, and control over their content.”

The new LimeWire marketplace aims for accessibility in order to attract a larger user base. In collaboration with Wyre, it will price NFTs in US dollars and accept credit cards, bank transfers, and other fiat currency payments.

Know-your-customer (KYC) compliance measures will be in place, and the use of a self-custodied crypto wallet will not be required.

The company hasn’t said which blockchain network it’ll use, but according to a press release, it’ll be cost-effective, energy-efficient, and have quick transactions, as well as a “main blockchain” that can connect assets to Ethereum and the sidechain scaling solution Polygon.

LimeWire plans to start with music NFTs and related collectibles from performers, such as digital artwork and films, but will progressively grow beyond that initial subject.

LimeWire to launch its own token

Later this year, the curated platform will launch its own token, which will include governance features such as voting on who should be included in the platform, as well as access to exclusive content and discounted prices.

The company has hinted at a number of collaborations with “important musicians” in the music industry, but none have been confirmed as of yet. LimeWire will have Tareef Michael, the manager of the hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan, as an advisor.

Music and NFTs

Music NFTs are expected to be one of the next big things in the space, with some industry insiders believing that blockchain-backed assets like this can disrupt the traditional music industry.

NFTs have been issued by artists such as 3LAU, Nas, Kings of Leon, and Snoop Dogg, and in many cases, the owners receive royalties when the tracks are streamed.

The Zehetmayrs said that the goal with LimeWire is to provide fans with an alternative means to support artists and possess unique recordings such as demos, samples, and exclusive tracks, rather than to compete with streaming music companies.

“We’ve noticed a desire across the industry to reclaim control and ownership, and we’re here to help artists and creators do just that,” they stated. “We regard NFTs as collectibles in the same way that vinyl is, and we feel a brand like LimeWire is needed to bring the concept of owning digital artefacts popular.”