New York Times
In 2010, about 95 percent of music downloads were unlicensed and illegal. A previously defunct free-music listening program, one among seemingly millions of ephemeral start-ups, has had the life breathed back into it. Qtrax offers not just free music, but refuge from the risk of viruses, poor sound quality and prosecution. Unlike players such as Pandora and Spotify that require strong internet connection, Qtrax listeners download the program from the Qtrax site, so they can curate their tunes where there is no Internet. The main catch, one that prevents a listener from granting it saintly status, is the advertisements linked to the music player.