Found an article by Eliot Van Buskirk over at Wired that basically gives an update on the state of streaming music services, and whether or not they’ll fly in the US.
So the rumors were true. As expected, Google announced a new music search service today, partnering with iLike, MySpace, Lala, the big 4 record labels and a venerable “who’s who” list of other internet music services. I’ll give you a quick list of what’s up so you don’t have to power through the dissertations on CNET or RS.
What’s the best thing that could happen in the backseat of a car? You guessed it! Brilliant musical performances!
Google is partnering up with iLike and LaLa to change the way you search for music.
In this episode:
- Royalties, Pandora and the New Deal
- Spotify U.S.A! U.S.A! U.S.A!
- EMI in the troubles
- The Bird And The Bee
- Promoting your band (get off the internet!)
Check out thesixtyone.com, a great way to not only discover new music, but get your tracks discovered. You might also have a little competitive fun in the process.
We Are Hunted is the Online Music Chart, aggregating social networks, forums, music blogs, Torrents, P2P Networks and Twitter to develop a daily chart of the 99 most popular songs online.
Free Music Archive brings a fresh means of finding solid music released under Creative Commons by actually curating the content.
Imagine every song carried on iTunes, beamed for FREE to your phone, PS3, XBox, SlingBox, and whateverelseBox comes out next. Yeah. It’s kinda like that.
MusicMetric has released a Twitter app called MuZoid, which lets you tweet the name of a band to @muzoid, and within a few seconds MuZoid returns a link to MusicMetric’s file on the band.
Muziic Player puts millions of songs right on your desktop, free and legally. Interested?
I came across this site when poking around the net, and it looks like a pretty cool concept, though I’m not sure how well it will work in practice. [From SliceThePie.com] Slicethepie is a financing platform for the music industry that enables new and established Artists to raise money directly from Music Fans and Investors. [...]
[via ars] The Ruckus music service shut down over the weekend, raising the question of whether universities are done offering sponsored legal download services to students. The music industry, struggling to find workable business models for the digital age, apparently can’t even give its product away. Ad-supported services like SpiralFrog have generated what can only [...]
Pirate Debs just turned me on to this site called TheSqueakerbox.com. It just started up, so the userbase is pretty small, and the look is a bit primitive, but it has a great concept. I think with a bit more development, this could really turn into something unique and very handy.
Well, it’s no surprise that radio is hurting, especially internet radio. Web radio currently lives under the cloud of potentially having to pay both performers and songwriters for streaming their music, while traditional radio only pays songwriters. The double-dipping is not currently enforced, but there is always the potential for it, which has put enormous [...]
Though not yet available in the U.S., the new music player Spotify looks to have all the makings necessary to create a new paradigm in music acquisition.
Spotify is a music player that allows users to stream any songs they want, without downloading the songs onto their computer. In that regard, it functions much like Pandora, and the sound quality is comparable. Where it one-ups Pandora is in the fact that’s so much more than a music discovery tool. Spotify lets users select the specific songs they want to hear, create playlists from songs hosted on other users’ computers, and share their playlists with other users. The GUI looks a bit like Songbird, a mashup between iTunes and last.fm.
Seriously? Bopaboo.com is a website where you can buy and sell USED mp3s. I can see the good intent behind it, and why somebody thought it would work, but it seems pretty ridiculous in practice. Buying and selling works with everything else we own because most things we own are physical items that you can [...]