Apple may start selling digital music through the iTunes Store across all 27 European Union nations, so long as it can obtain the required licensing rights from publishers and music royalty collecting societies.
The BPI has released fresh figures showing huge development in the digital music industry in the UK.
In the 30th of the organisation’s annually produced BPI Statistical handbook a spotlight on the UK digital music market reveals 10 per cent of the population bought some form of digital music in 2008, up from 5 per cent in 2007.
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While the digital music world may be waiting for the introduction of music from The Beatles through legitimate online services, Apple Corps, Ltd., Harmonix and MTV Games, a part of Viacom’s MTV Networks, today announced the 9/9/09 worldwide release of The Beatles: Rock Band.
The music-based video game will be available simultaneously worldwide in North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and other territories for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii.
Apple has moved to support US independent labels and musicians with the soft launch of a dedicated arena for indie music within iTunes, dubbed the “Indie Spotlight”.
The page will offer music fans an easy way to explore the catalogue of the world’s non-major labels as offered through iTunes.
iPhone apps have reached the President, at least, rock band the Presidents of the United States of America have released four albums within an all-new iPhone application, now available through the App Store.
Aimed at the fans, the applications costs $3 and also features rare early demo recordings which were previously only available on a run of 500 cassette tapes. Fans also gain access to live tracks and demos in the form of streaming playlists.
Lead singer, Dave Dederer (who is also vice president for business development for nuTsie development company, Melodeo) tells fans on the artist’s site:
Aiming to offer subscribers an “all-you-can-eat” music service, satellite broadcaster Sky is in talks with Omnifone to provide the infrastructure for the service, a report today claims.
Pocket-Lint has learned of talks between the two firms, and while no final decision appears to have been made yet, it’s doubtful Sky wants to delay introduction of the service for too long, as it was announced in summer last year. The satellite giant is clearly the latest contender to attempt to bite a chunk from Apple’s iTunes’ UK music sales dominance.
Take That have this morning become one of the fastest million-sellers of all time with their new album ‘The Circus’, the Official Charts Company has announced.
The band’s latest album had sold just over 990,000 copies by the end of yesterday’s (Thursday, December 18) trading, putting it on course to comfortably pass the 1 million mark today, only its 19th day in stores, according to Official Charts Company statistics.
Its rapid ascent to pass the 1m landmark means ‘The Circus’ is the fastest million-seller of this millennium – and the second fastest million-seller of all time, behind only Oasis’s ‘Be Here Now’.
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
“We hope it will be a valuable resource for new labels as well as established labels looking to get into digital music sales,” explained the company. If you’re in the business of making or selling music you may already be aware of some of this information, but the data reveals a host of interesting tidbits for fans and for industry alike.