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We7 campaign spreads love for album format

Ad-funded online music service We7 has launched a campaign to boost recognition of some of the world’s most underrated albums.

The company has teamed up with some music industry bloggers to develop a shortlist such albums. The company says this is an attempt to inspire music fans to experience artists’ full song-writing and performances in the way they were originally intended.

We7 is encouraging album lovers to vote for their favourite from the shortlist, or make suggestions for their own underrated albums missing from the list at the We7 blog.

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Qtrax reaches distro deal with Sony BMG

Ad-supported music service Qtrax may lag behind We7 when it comes to taking its service online, but has taken another step closer to its promise, reaching a third major label deal with Sony.

Under the deal, Qtrax will offer Sony’s digital music catalogue for free to music fans who install the Qtrax download client. Qtrax already has similar deals in place with EMI and Universal.

Sony will allow the service to offer the same digital music it already sells through iTunes and makes available through other online music services.

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We7 launches free music-on-demand service

We7 today officially launched its ads-supported music service, offering UK music lovers the chance to listen to whatever music they choose for free, and offering a chance to buy their favourite music.

The service’s extensive catalogue includes music from a three million strong catalogue of artists including Kings of Leon, Pink, Nickelback, and Estelle.

We7 is adding up to 30,000 tracks a day to its collection of over 3 million licensed tracks, including many new releases as they become available.
 
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Why the majors should go DRM-free with iTunes

Major labels are happy now to sell DRM-free music through retailers such as Amazon and 7Digital, but Apple remains locked out, with three of the four majors denying it permission to sell tracks DRM-free through its iTunes Plus service – even though it’s the largest US music retailer. But this may soon change.

9to5Mac claims Sony Music will make moves to license its tracks for sale through iTunes Plus in the coming “weeks or months”, with some speculating a potential announcement at Macworld San Francisco.

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The Filter.com and We7 reach music discovery deal

TheFilter.com has signed a deal with ads-supported music service We7 in which both firms will work together on new music filtering and recommendation tools for We7 users.

We7, which recently signed EMI for its ad-supported streaming music service, now has a catalogue of over three million tracks. But the site claims that it is now a challenge for its users to discover new music based on tastes due to the huge choice available. 
 
TheFilter.com’s integration into the We7 service will combat this problem by giving users access to its smart filtering tools. The tools use an advanced mathematical algorithm to filter out music that a user will not like and filter in content that reflects their taste. Continue reading

We7/Pias deal brings some indies over

PIAS Digital will make songs from over 250 independent labels available to Peter Gabriel and Steve Purdham’s start-up, We7.

We7 last week reached a similar distribution deal to carry catalogue from EMI, following the achievement of a distribution deal with Warner Music in August.

Songs will be made available through the service for ads-funded music streaming and also as DRM-free MP3 downloads music fans must pay for.
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We7 signs EMI to ad-supported music service

Ads-supported free music service, We7, has reached a deal with EMI Music which brings 400,000 tracks to the service catalogue.

The deal means a vast slice of EMI’s repertoire of artists – including We7 founder investor Peter Gabriel – will be available on We7.com through both on-demand, ad-funded audio streaming and paid-for MP3 downloads.

We7 users will be able to listen to full tracks and albums on an unlimited basis at no cost, create personal playlists, and share their favourites with their friends.
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CBS: online TV is tonic for broadcasters

CBS Interactive today released preliminary results of an intensive wide study on the impact of its online video streaming on its TV audience.
The ongoing study among 50,000 viewers of content through the broadcaster’s CBS Audience Network was conducted by Magid Media – and the findings should interest any broadcaster experimenting with online strategy:

– CBS’s video streaming of full-episodes attracts a younger audience;
– Online viewers are incremental to broadcast viewers;
– Online video streaming is a net positive for CBS because it drives Web viewers to television.
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