On Spotify’s US delays and Apple’s streaming future

With European success behind the firm, Spotify is planning to launch in the UK, even while fresh reports confirm (what we’ve been saying for some time) that the cash artists get from streaming services isn’t enough to justify prosecuting file-sharers. A Billboard analysis shows that even the amount of money […]

UMG – digital music sales climb 8.4% 1

Digital music sales continue to grow, the latest results from giant major label, Universal Music confirm. Issuing its full year results this week, parent company Vivendi revealed that digital sales in its music division grew 8.4% last year (Results release, PDF link). Despite this area of growth, revenues at Universal […]

Video: Universal’s digital chief talks the future of music

This is interesting – Rob Wells, Senior Vice-President of Digital at the world’s largest major label, Universal Music Group International, tells us what’s what in the future of music. This is a wide-ranging chat, covering the past, present and several different outcomes for the future of music, including building new […]

Label mix: love, loathe Apple’s iTunes cocktail 2

Apple’s forthcoming iTunes 9 upgrade’s already being touted as the best thing since sliced bread, with reports promising support for Blu-ray, and built in capability to output the music you’re playing to iLike and Last.FM. Apple’s also meant to be working on Cocktail, a new album format in which music […]

Labels own shares in Spotify, iTunes target? 3

Spotify continues to attract attention, with whispers that the service may be gearing up to compete with iTunes gaining a little more credibility on news the major amd indie music labels own a slice of the service’s action. Sony BMG, Universal Music, Warner Music, EMI and Merlin (the body which […]

iTunes goes DRM-free, 7digital responds 1

  In the final Macworld Expo keynote Apple today introduced new computing and software products, and also confirmed long-standing claims that songs sold through iTunes from all four major labels are now to be made available DRM-free. The company also announced that iTunes users can now download songs directly onto […]

Majors go DRM-free with iTunes Plus

  Given the extent of repeated rumours in the run-up to Christmas, it’s no great surprise that fresh reports this morning claim Apple could announce a fully DRM-free iTunes Store as soon as today. The report claims Apple has also given agreement to flexible pricing on music, so labels will […]


Sony, EMI get Musicane viral in anti-iTunes move 3

In an attempt to vault onto the viral nature of the online world, Sony Music Entertainment and EMI have announced plans to use the Musicane service to sell music online. Musicane reached a deal with Universal Music in August this year, leaving Warner Music as the only major not to […]

An interview with 7digital’s Ben Drury 5

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 […]



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 […]