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Virgin, Universal team for iTunes attack

virgin-media-logoYet more activity in the all-you-can-eat music subscription space, with Universal teaming up with Virgin Media to promise a music download subscription service for broadband users.

Touted as the “world’s first unlimited music download subscription service”. Virgin Media’s broadband customers will be able to stream and download as many songs and albums as they like from Universal’s artists. These songs will play back on any iPod, MP3 player, mobile phone or computer. The music can then be kept forever.

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U2, Coldplay star in Product (RED) music service

The long-rumoured Product (RED) digital music service has been revealed – and it’s a digital music magazine, with U2, Coldplay, The Killers, the Dixie Chicks, John Legend, Bob Dylan and REM all signed-up to make a contribution.

The digital product now also has a name, RED(WIRE), and will be launched on World AIDS Day on December 1. All proceeds will go to help fight disease in Africa, and MSN will host the launch party on December 1, Billboard explains.

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Department of Eagles make an eMusic record

Indie-flavoured music subscription service, eMusic, today announced that it has sold 250 million MP3 downloads since establishing its current subscription model in 2003.

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Bollywood movies on demand invade USA

Hooray for Bollywood – and a step forward for the genre on news Cablevision has launched Bollywood Hits On Demand, the company’s first international subscription video on demand (SVOD) service for iO TV digital cable customers.

The service gives US cable customers unlimited access to a variety of South Asian films and music videos, offering over 25 movies each month and more than 50 Bollywood music videos.

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Social networking’s sexier than Blu-ray

The price of Blu-ray players and discs seems set to fall this season, as those involved seek to take the format into the mass market – meanwhile that market’s changing, with consumers flocking to sign-up to location-based social networking services for their mobile phones, a pair of ABI Research reports claim.

“Blu-ray vendors and dealers are starting to realize that for Blu-ray to become the next DVD, they need to lower player prices in order to generate interest and build volumes,” said ABI Research principal analyst Steve Wilson.
 
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‘Comes with Music’ – fatally flawed – 7digital

Ben Drury, CEO of UK online music service 7digital.com has slammed the newly-announced Nokia ‘Comes With Music’ service as “fatally flawed”.

“Nokia’s new service is an interesting new model for digital music but at first glance seems fatally flawed,” Drury said. “Songs downloaded through the Comes With Music service are not in MP3 format and are wrapped in DRM (Digital Rights Management) locks which means the downloads cannot be played across a multitude of music devices including iPods and all other MP3 players.”

Referring to the terms and conditions of ownership of the music, Drury pointed out that customers are limited in the amount of time they can hang onto the music. Continue reading

eMusic boss to leave the company

Digital music’s longest-lasting CEO other than Steve Jobs or much-lamented Wippit service’s Paul Myers, eMusic’s David Pakman is to leave the enduring company for a venture capital group at the end of the year, he revealed this week.

Pakman has watched stores from MTV, Microsoft, Sony, Yahoo, and AOL come and go. “We outlasted almost every other digital entity in the space,” Pakman said. “We’ve proven the business model, growing the company by five times. I’ve had an amazing team.”

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Music France: Digital climbs, retail falls

France’s music market continued to decline in the first half of 2008, the latest figures from French music label trade association, SNEP confirm.

Released this week the data suggests that the wholesale value of the market decreased €278.7 million in the period – down 12.2%. Christophe Lameignere, chairman and CEO of Sony BMG France and president of SNEP, said the figures were not a surprise and stressed “We were more pessimistic in our forecasts.”
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Nokia ‘Comes With Music’ – at a price?

Nokia may charge a premium for handsets equipped with its ‘Comes With Music’ plan, a report claims – though detractors have quickly poked holes in what’s being said (see comment below).

Symbian.com claims the first two such handsets to go on sale in the UK cost a fair bit extra if you want a load of music too. The 5310 costs between £132.99 and £145.99 on the site on its own, and £214.99 with Nokia’s tunes – so an extra £70 or more. The Nokia N95 8GB is selling for £394.99 on its own, or £479.99 with the music…
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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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