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We7 responds to Spotify funding news

stevepurdhamWith all the focus on ads-funded music streaming service, Spotify, its no surprise other similar services now think they may be on the edge of seeing the good times roll.

We spoke with We7 boss, Steve Purdham this morning, and he seems pleased his competitor’s found some funding.

“Spotify’s success in gaining funding is very positive news for we7 and other ad funded models,” Purdham said. Continue reading

We7 Domino deal frees Wild Beasts

two_dancersWe7 celebrates its new Domino partnership with an exclusive album preview of the all-new Wild Beast’s ‘Two Dancers’ album, which will be available from Monday.

“We7 is delighted to kickstart our new partnership with Domino Records by previewing one of the most acclaimed albums of the year, the very unique and special Wild Beasts “Two Dancers” album one week ahead of its release. We7’s active commitment to indie music is well-known, and we really excited to be working with one of the UK’s most innovative and dynamic indie labels,” said Clive Gardiner, SVP Digital Music, We7.

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We7 is UK’s NO. 1 music site, inks GQ deal

ituneslogoWe7 becomes UK’s no 1 music streaming site, beats Last.fm, makes joint deal with men’s mag, GQ.

GQ.com has teamed up with Peter Gabriel’s UK based music streaming service, We7, to let visitors listen to music across the men’s magazine’s website.

The service goes live on August 3 and will feature a jukebox on GQ.com which lets users play bespoke playlists, with tracks picked by GQ.com’s editorial team, while visitors can click through to We7 to buy tracks.

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New Depeche Mode album streaming free today

depechemodepicWe7 and NME have teamed up to offer fans the chance to listen to the hotly-anticipated new Depeche Mode album for a week before it is released.

Depeche Mode’s ‘Sounds Of The Universe’ is available from this afternoon (April 14) for fans to stream for free from the pages of NME.com. As NME’s streaming music partner, We7 is powering the exclusive album listening party via a widget on NME.com.

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Peter Gabriel cash goes to The Filter

gabrielPeter Gabriel has made significant fresh investment in digital recommendation service, The Filter.

The service has attracted the continued support of current investors Peter Gabriel and Eden Ventures, and bought new investors aboard, including from Roderick Banner, Chairman of WPP-owned media agency, Banner Corp, former CEO of LoudEye Michael Brochu (through EMM Investments) as well as John Taysom, founder of We7.com and a former investor in, among others, Yahoo & Infoseek.

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We7 goes ad-free for Christmas

Joining the list of online music services making seasonal offers, ad-supported music service We7 has become an ad-free service for the Christmas season.

The company will remove all audio advertising from its music tracks for the festive period (between Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve), so music fans can listen online to as many full tracks and albums as they want for free, completely uninterrupted by ads.
We7 CEO, Steve Purdham, said, “2008 has been a sea change year for digital music, with positive support and action coming from the music industry and great growth and acceptance for We7.”

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We7 campaign spreads love for album format

Ad-funded online music service We7 has launched a campaign to boost recognition of some of the world’s most underrated albums.

The company has teamed up with some music industry bloggers to develop a shortlist such albums. The company says this is an attempt to inspire music fans to experience artists’ full song-writing and performances in the way they were originally intended.

We7 is encouraging album lovers to vote for their favourite from the shortlist, or make suggestions for their own underrated albums missing from the list at the We7 blog.

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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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Future chance, future challenge for the Apple TV

Apple’s “hobby” the Apple TV has a chance at becoming a ubiquitous household item, though the company may need to add support for non-Apple media services and implement many new features if it seriously intends making an iPod-level impact on this important growing market.

The reason Apple has the chance is visible in the growing momentum behind development of solutions to bring online video to the front room – a sector becoming quickly more intense.

Online video on-demand services such as iTunes or Hulu are hot properties, meaning many more devices – including TVs offering features similar to the Apple TV – should begin to reach market en masse starting next year. And even if Apple does not develop such solutions there will still be winners and losers in the race to offer the ‘iPod’ equivalent of the multimedia for the front room box.

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