Warner Music Group CEO, Edgar Bronfman Jr, is full of praise for Apple – sparking fresh speculation iTunes streaming music services may be on the way in the latest financial call.
He was very backward in responding to questions on this, saying:
“Apple is not currently a retailer involved in an access or subscription model. I’d probably like not to speculate on what Apple’s plans are – it’s really interesting technology that it acquired in the Lala acquisition. That’s a question that Apple management should answer,” he wrote as reported here.
“I don’t think Apple’s really that clear to the market (on the subscription suggestion), so I wouldn’t suggest it will not have an impact, but I certainly won’t speculate what kind of impact it will have.
“We made great progress with Apple last year on variable pricing. It’s our hope that we can continue to make great progress. But I can ‘t say that there’s a specific intiaitive today with Apple,” he said. Continue reading →
Hot on the heels of news of Spotify’s submission of an iPhone application which enables music playback using its service comes news of yet another streaming music service with an iPhone plan.
Grooveshark also plans to introduce a streaming music application to the iPhone. That service is comparatively small, receiving 1.3 million visitors a month. It’s interesting because it lets users upload whatever they want, and removes content only when it receives a takedown notice.
With the onus on labels to tell Grooveshark when to remove tracks, it’s not a great surprise the company so far lacks any licensing deals with the majors, and has at least one copyright infringement lawsuit on its books.
Founded by Daniel Ek & Martin Lorentzon (pictured), Spotify is a refreshing breath of air after the partially major-label owned MySpace Music apparent unwillingness to treat indie labels as peer partners for its somewhat confusing music service.
The Launch Center is a website on Game Spot’s site that’s dedicated to the game. It’s a limited deal though – site visitors are simply being enable to preview the over 50 songs that will be included within the game when it ships in mid-September. Continue reading →
Last.fm has today introduced its all-new look online, boosting the appearance with a bunch of new features to implement the social music site’s pervasive, device agnostic vision. The site redesign focuses on keeping things clean and easy to navigate.
New features include:
– A new Library tool, into which users can place ongs or artists in order to build their music profile.
– Instant Recommendations: no need to listen to music to build recommendations. Search for artists and click “Add to Library” for instant music and event recommendations.
– Real-Time Chart Updates: listen to a song, and the charts on your profile immediately reflect sthe play. Your recommendations update in real–time.
The company also touted its multiple recent moves to boost its reach beyond the PC such as last week’s introduction of an iPhone application, which lets users stream tracks to their phone; its recent partnership with Logitech to give music fans access to the Last.fm music listening experience through their home stereos; and its ongoing relationship with owner, CBS.
Last.fm offers over five million tracks for free online streaming playback.
Last.fm has introduced what seems to be a fairly useful royalty scheme for unsigned acts. What this means is that independent artists can collect royalties from Last.fm each and every time their track is listened to through the site, which is a nice way to make a little income and the first time artists who are independent of a label or royalty collection agency can get paid for their music being streamed online
Unsigned and independent artists can sign up for the program when they upload their music to Last.fm, and earn revenue when their tracks are played free-on-demand, or on Last.fm’s streaming radio, or both.
The deal follows Last.fm’s introduction of the Artist Royalty Program, which offered independent acts revenue for use of their music and since the launch of which over 450,000 tracks have been uploaded to Last.fm and offered for free-on-demand streaming.
Martin Stiksel, Last.fm co-founder, said: “This is a big day for independent artists. We’re leveling the playing field by offering them the same opportunities as established bands to make money from their music. The young musician making music in a bedroom studio has the same chance as the latest major label signing to use Last.fm to build an audience and get rewarded. The Artist Royalty Program is another revolutionary step towards helping musicians take control of their music — and, more importantly, make a living from it.”
Artists can upload their music and sign up for the Artist Royalty Program at: http://last.fm/uploadmusic.