EMI Music has launched its very own digital music service at EMI.com, promising to use the place as a launch pad for experimental digital technologies and for the development of music discovery systems.
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
Next year the company will upgrade the free version of its application, Tap Tap Revenge. The new game will offer support for upgrade packs, selling music to gamers from independent and major labels. The company hopes to release a new upgrade pack each month subsequent to the release of version two.
Tapulous is serious in its strategy to link-up with musicians and labels for numerous generations of its hugely popular Tap Tap Revenge for the iPhone, following news of yesterday’s link-up with EMI with the announcement of a special Christmas version of the game, featuring music from Weezer.
Christmas With Weezer is available now and costs £2.99 (UK), $4.99 (US). It shares the same gaming engine as Tap Tap Dance, and is especially made for holiday season.
Discussing the failed deal, Twitter CEO and co-founder Evan Williams this week told the New York Times, “We explored it, as we should. We took it seriously. It definitely made sense – the strategy we talked about with them – but it wasn’t the right time.”
A deal between the two companies has been whispered of for weeks, but there was in fact meat on rumour’s bone, the report informs. Discussions began at the behest of Facebook in mid-October, the report informs.
Former Apple evangelist and serial entrepreneur Guy Kawasaki explains why Twitter is the leading casual social networking. Oh, and social networks “broaden the mind” because you get to communicate with so many people from so many places.