Well, this is interesting. Russian digital music store of questionable legality AllOfMP3 has just launched Music for Masses
, a new Windows app that lets you download and listen to an unlimited number of tracks from their enormous catalog for free. Of course, there's a small catch: The files you download, which are ostensibly 128kbps MP3 files, have a .mp3x extension and are encoded in such a way that they can only be played in the Music for Masses player. As you might guess, the player isn't exactly full-featured, providing only very basic playback functionality--it doesn't even have shuffle! It also requires you to be connected to the internet to listen and contacts AllOfMP3's servers before playing each song. In order to use it you have to have to have an account at AllOfMP3.com, where you can download the .mp3x files by clicking on the "Free mode"
tab on the track ordering page. For people who want access to a wide selection of free (as in fell-off-the-back-of-a-truck) music without fussing with P2P apps and who aren't picky about their media player, Music for Masses might be a great choice, but for the rest of us there are better ways to listen (not to mention it won't be long before someone figures out how to configure those .mp3x files to plain old MP3s).
[Via P2P Blog