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Blubster 2.5 Promises User Anonymity
June 30, 2003
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There has been growing interest in protecting user identities since the US music industry said they would start suing some of the 60 million American's that share music online. Today Blubster 2.5 was released in the wake of this growing threat. Although some users may have been using 2.5 for the last week or so it has been officially released today.

The key feature in this new release is making the end user anonymous. According to OptiSoft's press release, which was sent to Slyck, "Version 2.5 takes advantage of a streamlined means of distributing large files to dissociate file transfers from specific users".

Pablo, creator of Blubster, added "Other means of delivering media files could be compared to a postal system with an identifiable sender and receiver, then Blubster’s proprietary MP2P network could be likened to throwing a bottled message into the vast ocean".

Other features in this new release include weblinks, improved speed and connectivity.

Blubster joins Filtopia, XS and Earthstation 5 and others as P2P clients that claim to make the end user unidentifiable.

Filtopia has apparently reported a surge in users since the RIAA threat. While iMesh said this week that they are looking at ways to make users anonymous. If decentralisation marked the 2nd generation of P2P clients then the current shift toward user anonymity could mark the generation.

The full press release is here with thanks to HBPR:

**** P2P DOWNLOADERS GO ANONYMOUS WITH BLUBSTER 2.5 ***

Madrid, SPAIN (-- June 30, 2003 -- ) Optisoft S.L., provider of popular peer-to-peer program Blubster, today announced the launch of Blubster 2.5 in the wake of the latest litigious efforts by the RIAA and MPAA to erode consumer privacy and monopolize control of the P2P entertainment market. As Verizon has been handed a court decision forcing the company to reveal the identity of Internet subscribers accused of music piracy, Blubster has re-launched with a new secure, decentralized, self-assembling network that provides users with private, anonymous accounts. (www.blubster.com).

"In an age of media consolidation, it is critical that P2P networks thrive," demands Pablo Soto, developer of Blubster. "Blubster will always pursue counter measures to preserve the freedom and empowerment of decentralized networking. The very existence of our network ensures artists and content creators an alternative to signing away their rights to copyright barons."

Blubster’s latest update is giant leap ahead of other P2P networks. Version 2.5 takes advantage of a streamlined means of distributing large files to dissociate file transfers from specific users.

"If other means of delivering media files could be compared to a postal system with an identifiable sender and receiver, then Blubster’s proprietary MP2P network could be likened to throwing a bottled message into the vast ocean," said Pablo Soto. "The message may get to a destination, but no one knows the full path of its journey nor what is in each bottle."

The first public version of Blubster was ranked "Best Program" in users’ opinion on CNET's Download.com listing for MP3 search tools. Today, Blubster has won the confidence of more than 10 million desktop users all over the world and more than 100,000 users sharing over 20,000,000 songs are connected simultaneously to Blubster, representing the world’s largest online music network.

The powerful new release empowers users to swap music-only files at extremely high speeds, with multi-sourced and auto-resuming downloads, buddy list, private and channel based chat, voice chat, among other features, in a totally decentralized environment. This advanced, third generation file-sharing program gives both, musicians and fans a powerful and free desktop solution to share files in MP3 and the emerging OGG Vorbis music formats.

Blubster 2.5 has many new features; several of which are unique to the Blubster platform.

• Private protocol, featuring a “serverless” peer-to-peer network with anonymous access and auto-regulated connectivity for unlimited scalability.
• Speeds never seen before in any peer-to-peer file-sharing network.
• .OGG Vorbis support, a music format considered by many to be superior to MP3, has both a higher quality sound and smaller file size.
• MultiSource downloading with the most advanced techniques, having much higher transfer rates than those achieved via other protocols, such as HTTP.
• Web links support, providing musicians a new way to share their creations with an immense and targeted audience.

Many of Blubster 2.5’s new communications features provide listeners with new means to discover and introduce new artists and music. This provides content creators and rights holders a new opportunity to reach potential buyers, which reduces marketing costs. The new web links feature enables artists and labels the opportunity to serve up music previews on their website directly from the Blubster network offering a drastic reduction in streaming costs. P2P entertainment distribution has proven to be the most cost effective means of delivering content on demand.

Blubster is available for download at www.blubster.com.

About Optisoft

Optisoft S.L., distributor of the popular Blubster program, is a world-leading provider of peer-to-peer technology. Blubster enables musicians and fans, through a serverless and anonymous peer-to-peer network, to share MP3 and OGG files over the Internet. Blubster is the leading music-only peer-to-peer network on the Internet and is a registered trademark of OptiSoft S.L. Madrid.

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