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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: https://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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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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Universal stabs iTunes, launches ‘Lost Tunes’

Universal Music has today introduced its own cross-platform music download service, offering rare tracks at near lossless quality – and has called the service ‘LostTunes’, in an indirect stab at Apple’s iTunes service,

Available online at Lost Tunes, Universal describes the service as a “groundbreaking online download store dedicated to exclusives, rarities and overlooked classics”.

Lost Tunes is a major project for Universal Music which began just over a year ago, with a dedicated team and have been searching through the Universal Music archives for forgotten gems.
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The Pretenders latest album’s an MP3 play

Chrissie Hynde in concert. Taken August 10, 2007 in Santa Barbara, CA by John Slonaker.Legendary Chrissie Hynde-fronted act, The Pretenders, are jumping onto the online music cavalcade, revealing plans to introduce their latest album online as an MP3 release.

The band is making one track per week available in the MP3 format, working with a different online partner each week for the release, ‘Break Up The Concrete’, which isn’t expected to ship until 23 September in the US. This is the first release from the band since 2002. The first track – ‘Break Up The Concrete’ – is available now through the band’s website. Other future online partners include Apple, iLike, CBS and Yahoo!

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