Apps Attempt to Take On Legitimate Music Streaming Services

The first version of music app Aurous, billed as the Popcorn Time for music, debuted this past weekend. The software allows users to stream pirated music for free. TorrentFreak applauds the Spotify-like interface and ad-free model, but criticizes the limited library and inability to create playlists. And while Aurous promised earlier to use the BitTorrent network, it is instead pulling MP3 files from external services. A player named TorrentTunes, on the other hand, is using the BitTorrent network and features more advanced discovery options, but is also lacking in content. Whereas Popcorn Time was able to compete with Netflix on the content front, Aurous and TorrentTunes reportedly fail to compete with Spotify.