New York
– Qtrax, an ad-supported music download service in the works for years that has
been plagued with launch delays, canceled a press event on Dec. 24 due to a
hospitalization of its CEO with kidney stones, according to a post on the
company’s blog.

The company, which made headlines in 2008 for announcing its
launch before it had secured licenses from the major labels, now says it will
launch in January without any press event.

"What were we going to say [at
the Dec. 24 press conference]? Pretty simple really. That we were finally
launching in January. Are we? Yes. Have we been wrong before? Humiliatingly, yes.
Will be wrong this time? No," the company wrote.

"Given the turn of
events, we’ve also decided, no need for another conference- we’ll just launch.
Let the fanfare follow rather than precede."

The company also recently stumbled out of the gate with a planned launch in Australia.

"Music ingestion Down Under is taking a little longer than expected. We will be up & running in the coming days," reads a note on the company’s website.


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