One week after the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) successfully shut down Muxtape, a new service very similar to the now defunct service has launched. The biggest difference between Muxtape and OpenTape is that OpenTape makes the users host their mixtapes on their own servers or bandwidth, instead of a central location.
OpenTape is a free, open source technology that allows users to host their own mixtapes over the Internet.
"Sharing your musical tastes should be fun and easy," the Opentape web site says. "We believe there is no reason it has to end with the shutdown of a single site, so we’ve created a free tool to make this possible."
Unlike Muxtape, the RIAA will have thousands of targets to go after if they try to stop people from offering their mix tracks, instead of one central target. But the service has lost some of its appeal because OpenTape users are unable to try and discover mixtapes that have been made by other users.
Users interesting in trying out OpenTape should go to the official web site and follow installation instructions. If you have any major problems, several guides have also been posted on the Internet.
It should be interesting to see how many former Muxtape users adopt OpenTape in the future, especially with the RIAA surely keeping its eye on the technology.