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Get 50 Years of UK Music Chart Info Here

The Official Charts Company (OCC) has (at last) launched a website offering everybody free access to five decades of British chart data.  
 
The site offers an update of the Official Singles and Albums Charts every Sunday evening, alongside a wide range of Officially-compiled charts across a large number of genres, all supported with download and video streaming functionality. 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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7digital invades Sweden

7digital27digital.com today opened for business in Sweden, offering its Swedish MP3 download store, offering tracks from all four majors and a range of independent labels, in high-quality MP3 320kbps format.

Track pricing will be highly competitive at launch, with single tracks costing only 7 kronor and albums starting at 79 kronor.

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BlackBerry + 7digital spawn alternative iTunes

We’re a bit behind on this one, but here’s an interesting looking digital music service for BlackBerry users, powered by UK online music company, 7digital. The 7digital MP3 Music Store for BlackBerry should be imminently available and was built by Develop IQ.

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7digital beats iTunes to pan-Europe punch

7digitalUK online music service, 7digital, revealed a new pan-European deal with Warner Music this morning. Under the deal the online music service will now offer Warner Music’s MP3 catalogue across all its European outlets – that’s significant because it is in fact the first time a major has agreed a pan-European MP3 deal of this kind.

The UK-based service observes that this one deal makes it Europe’s largest MP3 retailer, in the sense that it offers tracks in more European countries than iTunes or Amazon.

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DRM-free boosts online music sales 260%

recordshopUK digital music retailer 7digital.com this week released figures which confirm a huge increase in sales following the company’s first to market move to offer music for sale online free of DRM.

The company’s fourth quarter sales grew over 260 per cent on strength of it offering tracks in high-quality MP3 format, free of restrictive DRM.

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Nokia Comes With Music DRM cracked

Nokia launched its ‘Comes With Music’ service in the UK in a fanfare of publicity, promising access to a huge host of music tracks along with free permanent downloads for a year – but now it looks like the company’s facing an unexpected problem – the DRM it uses to limit use of music acquired using the service has been cracked….

Electric Pig informs Nokia has chosen a Microsoft standard for its service, and new software called Tunebite can eliminate the DRM shrouded across Nokia’s ‘Comes With Music’ tracks.

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Oasis offer US iTunes exclusive EP

Oasis have released a special iTunes-only single in the US.

The EP includes previously unreleased tracks, including a demo of current single ‘I’m Outta Time’ and remixes of ‘The Shock of the Lightning’ and ‘To Be Where There’s Life’.

In October, the band offered their new ‘Dig Out Your Soul’ album in the high-quality FLAC format two full weeks before the album officially shipped, exclusively through 7digital. There’s a wide-ranging interview with 7digital boss, Ben Drury, right here.

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An interview with 7digital’s Ben Drury

We caught up with UK online music service 7digital’s chief executive Ben Drury this week. A seasoned digital music industry professional, he shared his insights on Apple’s music market challenges as competition proliferates, social networking in music, lossless music downloads and much more.

Distorted Loop: Why does music matter?
Ben Drury: Although music is not defined in Maslow’s hierarchy of needs (ref: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maslow_hierarchy_of_needs), I believe it must figure pretty highly on most people’s lists.  In all cultures, with the possible exception of some extremist religious societies, music forms an integral part of self-expression, social cohesion, worship etc
 
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iTunes, other digital music stores explained

FATdrop has published a hugely interesting post, gathering together essential information on what 14 key music download stores offer labels selling music through their services.

“We hope it will be a valuable resource for new labels as well as established labels looking to get into digital music sales,” explained the company. If you’re in the business of making or selling music you may already be aware of some of this information, but the data reveals a host of interesting tidbits for fans and for industry alike.

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