The social-networking site Facebook removed a music-sharing application from its site last night, citing copyright concerns. The player–simply called Audio–allowed users to upload MP3s to their profiles and share said MP3s with friends; at the time of the service’s removal, 750,000 of Facebook’s users had decided to use the application in their profiles.
Other music services, including the still kind of crummy iLike, are still available to Facebook users, but the developers of Audio apparently had a devil-may-care attitude toward the idea of getting sued over encouraging mass uploading of copyrighted material. The developer of Boombox should take note, unless he’s somehow worked out a deal for his users to upload and share Universal Music Group’s offerings. (Why do we have a feeling that isn’t the case?)