"IFPI drew to Visa's attention the fact that allofmp3.com was not licensed by its members," an IFPI spokesman told Ars Technica. "Visa has a policy position of not supporting such sites and had its facilities removed accordingly. In fact, the facility was removed in early September."
With a convenient method of payment stripped away, AllofMP3.com's situation deteriorated. The RIAA sued AllofMP3.com in December of 2006 for $150,000 per violation. The RIAA pointed out there were 11 million songs offered - which would equate to a 1.65 trillion dollar lawsuit.
"AllofMP3 understands that several U.S. record label companies filed a lawsuit against Media Services in New York," an unnamed AllofMP3.com "senior company official" stated. "This suit is unjustified as AllofMP3 does not operate in New York. Certainly the labels are free to file any suit they wish, despite knowing full well that AllofMP3 operates legally in Russia. In the mean time, AllofMP3 plans to continue to operate legally and comply with all Russian laws."
One constant through the latter part of 2006 was that AllofMP3.com was quick to respond to the IFPI's or RIAA's legal wranglings. Things went noticeably quiet in 2007, as time appears to have taken its toll on AllofMP3.com. According to Times Online in the United Kingdom, an ex-employee of AllofMP3.com stated that the Russia government has finally shut down
Currently, the AllofMP3.com domain is off line and inaccessible. However the mirror site AllofMP3.ru displays the message, "Attention | We are sorry but the server is closed for [maintenance].
The Russian government offered no official word on AllofMP3's demise, according to The Moscow Times
. Slyck's inquiries to Media Services and their American based legal consul have gone unanswered. Media Service's American based public relations firm Qorvis no longer has a working relationship with the company.
Interestingly enough, Media Services has started a near identical service call Mp3Sparks.com
. A noticable difference is in price, as tracks sell between 20 and 30 cents each. However like AllofMP3.com, this site claims
to be legal under Russian law.
"The availability over the Internet of the Mp3Sparks.com materials is authorized by the license 31/ZM-07 of the noncommercial partnership Rightholders Federation for Collective Copyright Management of Works Used Interactively (NP FAIR)."
If AllofMP3 is truly dead, it's the end of an online icon. AllofMP3.com was more popular than iTunes in many markets, and showed that for the right price and file compatibly, people were willing to buy music online.