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Long plagued by legal challenges from major record labels, bankrupt MP3 search engine SeeqPod has been on the brink of extinction for months. But CEO Kasian Franks recently told Wired.com that SeeqPod was in final acquisition talks with a major media company, and that its savior […]

Long plagued by legal challenges from major record labels, bankrupt MP3 search engine SeeqPod has been on the brink of extinction for months. But CEO Kasian Franks recently told Wired.com that SeeqPod was in final acquisition talks with a major media company, and that its savior would be able to confer legitimacy on the company by negotiating agreements with the labels that he himself could not. Now, the company appears to be tipping its hand, suggesting that Microsoft is the buyer.

SeeqPod’s home page, which has been down more often than not over the past few weeks, now features a pair of links suggesting that the service is cocooned for rebirth. One of the links points to search.microsoft.com -– not necessarily something I’d free-associate with metamorphosis. The Redmond, Wash.-based software giant fits Franks’ description of a potential suitor, but was not among the three he named in the Wired interview — Apple, Google and Live Nation. I’ve left a message with SeeqPod seeking comment, and will update as I gather more information.

Based in Emeryville, Calif., 4-year-old SeeqPod has so far raised at least $5 million from founders and investors. Its search engine, derived from technology initially developed by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, allowed users to find songs wherever they were lying around on the web, then listen to streams and create playlists. But the startup has run afoul of major record labels, and was sued by both Warner Music Group and EMI Music.

  1. [...] was shut down numerous times and the company entered bankruptcy, so it would make sense if this rumor turns out to be [...]

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  2. seeqpod rulez

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  3. [...] a rumor floating around that Microsoft has bought Seeqpod, mainly fueled it seems by the fact that they [...]

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  4. It’s sad not to have any more Seeqpod, but I found a really good and free MP3 Search Engine called Clickster Online (http://clicksteronline.remlapsoftware.com)

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  5. That really stinks.
    I had some excellent play lists I would like to have record of. I’d also let many friends know of their website.
    Here’s to hoping it comes back.

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  6. Well now what? Nothing compared with seeqpod; it was THE site you went to to stream music. It also worked on an ipod touch which made life a lot easier for people. so far i have yet to find a full seeqpod alternative. I hope if microsoft buys it out, that it will still work for us itouch users and that it will still be free otherwise…..:(

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  7. [...] on Microsoft’s Bing and other search rivals to offer a more alluring product. (Microsoft appeared to have acquired assets of music search engine Seeqpod several months ago, although no formal [...]

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