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The concept behind Nokia's new music service "Comes with Music" is starting to catch on with the major music labels.
Sony BMG, one of the four top recording companies, announced Tuesday that it has partnered with Nokia to make its music catalog available on select Nokia devices. After buying one of the devices, users will get unlimited free access to the music of Alicia Keys, the Foo Fighters or any Sony BMG artist for a full year.
During the 12 months of the offer, users will be able to transfer their Comes With Music library to a … Read more
That's tomorrow, Saturday, Apr. 19. Your day to celebrate the old way of buying music, where you got into your car and drove to a local store and talked to the clerk and sifted through the racks and maybe experienced the delight of finding an old CD you'd forgotten about, heavily discounted or expensive and rare. Or maybe you heard a great tune spinning in the background and bought it, like I did with The Monochrome Set's Strange Boutique and PiL's Second Edition and Wilco's amazing live CD (their best album, in my opinion), Kicking Television. … Read more
MySpace is essential for independent artists. Every band I've played with in the last five years has had a MySpace page, and it completely changed how we did things compared with the pre-Internet days. Getting gigs, maintaining mailing lists, fliering--all of those formerly labor-intensive tasks could be accomplished by sitting in front of a computer. One group I played with got 90 percent of our gigs through other bands on our friends list. Another had a couple dozen teenage fans who'd come to every all-ages show when they read about it on our MySpace page. (We were all … Read more
A new music service jointly owned by News Corp.'s MySpace.com and three record labels will be announced Thursday, according to a source familiar with the deal.
MySpace Music has been expected for weeks and will offer streaming music, downloads of unprotected MP3s, concert tickets, ringtones, and other merchandise, the source told CNET News.com. The source added that MySpace is hopeful the service will open in the next few months.
The deal immediately catapults News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch into competition with Apple CEO Steve Jobs' iTunes, which offers music and video downloads. Backers are hoping MySpace Music … Read more
Sony BMG and Warner are both reported to be considering subscription-based music services.
Earlier this week, the AP quoted Sony BMG CEO Rolf Schmidt-Holtz discussing a subscription-based service that would offer unlimited downloads of all songs in the Sony BMG catalog for 6 to 8 euro. The downloads would be transferrable to all portable devices, including Apple's iPod. DRM would presumably play a part, so that content would be disabled on a device if you stopped paying the subscription.
Warner is taking a different approach, proposing that consumers be charged a monthly fee by their ISP--maybe five bucks--for the … Read more
Looks as if the battle for elbow room in the music subscription market could get a tiny bit tougher if Sony BMG Entertainment follows through on plans to offer its digital catalog to subscribers.
In a story published Monday, the company's CEO, Rolf Schmidt-Holtz, told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper that Sony BMG is working on a subscription service that would in many ways resemble the one contemplated by Apple, which reportedly has been discussing such a service with the four major music labels.
The basics of the proposed Sony BMG plan would include unlimited access to the label'… Read more
In a surprising announcement out of Sony BMG today, the company's chief said his company is exploring the possibility of developing its own music downloading service. And while he may believe that it makes sense, I think it's one of the dumbest things I've heard from one of the record labels in a long while.
According to Rolf Schmidt-Holtz, Sony's online subscription service would allow customers to download an unlimited number of Sony BMG tunes for about $9 to $12 per month. All downloads would also be compatible with every major player on the market, including Apple's iPod.
Although this may sound nice on paper -- after all, Sony BMG is a major record label with major songs -- it makes no sense. Sure, Schmidt-Holtz went on to say that Sony BMG is in discussions with other major music distributors, but if you take a logical look at what's really going on here, the other labels will never jump on the bandwagon and Sony BMG's service will die before it even gets started.
And here's why:… Read more
MySpace.com is rolling toward closing deals with two of the four top music labels, according to a report published Monday.
Sony BMG Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group are nearing deals with the social network, The New York Post reported, citing unnamed sources.
Agreements could be signed as early as this week, according to the paper.
Last month, CNET News.com reported that MySpace was testing the music industry's interest in a service called MySpace Music, a site that would be free to users and offer music in several different ways, including ad-supported downloads and streaming to PCs, … Read more
A digital rights group in Ireland condemned legal action taken by the major music labels against an Irish ISP.
Lobby group Digital Rights Ireland warned that attempts by the four largest music labels to hold ISPs accountable for copyright violations committed by users threatens privacy, and Ireland's reputation as an "Internet-friendly country," according to a story on Siliconrepublic.com.
"Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are intermediaries. They are not, in law, responsible for what Internet users do, any more than An Post is responsible for what individuals send in the mail," Digital Rights Ireland chairman, TJ … Read more