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iMesh Cleans Up; Launches Legal P2P Service

iMesh, the once-renegade P2P service, is launching a beta online music service, among the first such services to convert into a legal service, at least in U.S.

Though it’s a few years behind other online music offerings, iMesh has the advantage of an existing user base of about 100 million. The company has a long history: among other things, it paid $4.1 million settlement fee in July 2004, and is now funded by undisclosed VC firms.

The new service offers both a subscription plan (free trial for 30 to 60 days, then $6.95 per month) and a la carte downloads ($0.99 per track until the labels institute variable pricing). It also has a slick interface with Windows Media Player embedded, and artist descriptions from AMG (All Media Guide). Another feature is a built-in social networking component with IM and music-oriented user profiles. The service still will allow downloads of video, but only of files 15 minutes in length, or 50 megabytes in size, far too small to support a Hollywood movie or even a television show.