Music service BlueBeat has developed an app for streaming playlists on the iPhone. The same company was slapped with an injunction last year after selling downloads of tracks by the [lastfm]Beatles[/lastfm] without acquiring proper licenses. In their defense, BlueBeat claimed that “psycho-acoustic simulation” of those tracks did not require a licensing agreement.
Now, BlueBeat has made songs by the Beatles, [lastfm]Bob Dylan[/lastfm], [lastfm]AC/DC[/lastfm], and other top artists available through their free new iPhone and iPod app, which streams pre-selected playlists to user’s devices.
Though the app – which is currently available through Apple’s iTunes store – will allow users to bring songs by the Beatles onto the device for free, the playlists can not be altered and the songs can not be played individually.