Qtrax files contain Digital [Restrictions] Management software, allowing the company to see how many times a song has been downloaded and played. Artists, record companies and publishers will be paid in proportion to the popularity of their music, while also taking a cut of advertising revenues.
The singer James Blunt gave Qtrax a cautious welcome. â€œIâ€™m amazed that we now accept that people steal music,â€? he said. â€œI was taught not to steal sweets from a sweet shop. But I want to learn how this service works, given the condition the music industry is in.â€?