Customers who entrusted their music with Murfies can breathe a sigh of relief that the bankrupt company’s assets have been bought.
Last year the Wisconsin based company shut its doors and didn’t reveal to it’s customers the fate of their music which had been left with them. Murfie has now been purchased by John Fenley and his startup Crossies to save their catalogue of almost a million CDs.
Murfies let their customers store CDs, vinyls and cassettes with them and allowed them to rip and stream their music online. Their shutdown was a mystery, they were even asking customers to subscribe up until 5 days before emailing them to say they were ending operations, and left thousands of customers at a loss.
Thankfully John Fenley came to the rescue with his giant warehouse in Arkansas. He founded Crossies in 2004 as a digital solution to owning music, seeing iTunes as hindered by the fact you had to re-purchase digital versions of physical music you own.
Assuring customers that “a plan is in place and your media is safe, and secure” Crossies now owns all of Murfie’s assets. They plan to integrate the music library into their systems with over the next few weeks and give access back to thousands of people to their stores of CDs and Vinyl.
They confirmed: “The services we will provide will be very much the same as Murfie’s. We may do some things a little differently than the old Murfie did, but will be as transparent as possible through the whole process.”
Fenley added: “We weren’t expecting this, and our service isn’t currently capable of serving everyone right off the bat. We’ll be transferring your collections, and scaling up as quickly as possible, but it may take a little time for us to catch up.”
They will also be offering Murfie’s return policy to give content back to customers under the agreements made with Murfie for “at least the next 5 years”. Thank you Fenley, for your service to cherished music collections.