Monthly Archives: October 2009

MySpace teams with Google, boosts iTunes

Bat for LashesMySpace and Google will this afternoon announce a partnership to provide music content for the company’s new music search initiative.

“Through this partnership we’re making it easier for fans around the world to discover music content by providing Google with full audio tracks, direct links to music videos and upcoming tour information. It’s our goal to make the great content on our platform available to anyone – wherever it is they want to find it,” MySpace explained.

“Probably the most exciting aspect of this deal is that we now have the opportunity to better serve our artist partners by making sure all of the content they’ve created is available to everyone on MySpace as well as to those fans searching for it on Google.”

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MySpace brings full music vid, analytics, iTunes link

myspacePress Release from MySpace, thought some might be interested in the full thing, rather than a translation.

“FYI – Today MySpace CEO Owen Van Natta announced a wave of new MySpace Music products in a keynote discussion at the Web 2.0 Summit. The conversation included details about MySpace’s overall business strategy and future. The full press release is embedded below for your reference.

These new services rolling tonight include:
· A new MySpace Music Videos product
· MySpace Music Artist Dashboard
· A new Apple/ iTunes integration
· The first iLike product integrations into MySpace with Music Videos and Artist Dashboard
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Legends Gentle Giant step to iTunes

On November 3rd 2009 Gentle Giant will be digitally releasing seven of their best-known albums and tracks in digital form for the very first time via their own Alucard label through EMI Music’s Label Services unit.

The progressive rock band, which was active from 1970 through 1980, was made up of multi-instrumentalists, and aimed to expand the frontiers of contemporary popular music at the risk of becoming very unpopular.

The group’s dozen albums combine a range of musical styles – jazz, pop, classical, British soul, rock, blues, medieval, pop, blues -the band’s legacy has been influential to a range of artists from the arena rock, jam band, virtuoso players, and chamber pop genres.

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Saturday Times and iTunes offer REM for free

stipeSaturday’s Times will ship with a ten-song iTunes/REM promotion, music fans.

Music Week reports “the first iTunes card newspaper covermount” to promote the new REM live album, Live At The Olympia.

The report explains: “The Times will tomorrow (Saturday) come with an REM-branded iTunes card offering 10 live REM songs free for every reader, five of which comes from the band’s new live album.”

The Times has worked with iTunes on music giveaways before, but this is the first time a card’s been used.

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Eigenharp – a revolutionary new instrument

Today we’re incredibly excited at a hugely innovative all-new electronic musical instrument we visited at its launch event today, the Eigenharp.

The Eigenharp is every instrument you’ve ever heard of, it looks like a futuristic stick, it has shiny lights, 160 amazingly sensitive keys, and can be played like a double bass, a guitar, a keyboard – even a saxophone. Continue reading

7Digital attacks US iTunes, Amazon, goes BlackBerry

UK digital music service, 7 Digital, today launched its digital music service in the US, while also making a grab at the mobile market with launch of a music download store for BlackBerry users.

7 Digital is well-known in Europe, but is raising the bar in competition in the US with its launch there. Tracks will cost 77-cents, or $7.77 for an album (standard prices, variable prices also exist).

Tracks are sold in high-quality 320kbps MP3 format, completely free of DRM. The company also offers a “digital locker” in which all your downloads are backed-up on 7 Digital’s servers in the even you need to redownload them in case of computer failure.

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