Jim Carroll

Music, Life and everything else

Record labels come up with innovative solution to industry woes: a website

Three of the four major music labels, Universal Music, Sony-BMG and Warner Music, have jumped into bed with MySpace to turn MySpace Music into “an one-stop source for all music, in all its various digital incarnations”. The odd ones out, …

Thu, Apr 3, 2008, 16:19

   

Three of the four major music labels, Universal Music, Sony-BMG and Warner Music, have jumped into bed with MySpace to turn MySpace Music into “an one-stop source for all music, in all its various digital incarnations”. The odd ones out, EMI, will “probably” sign up shortly, meaning all four catalogues will be available via the new service.

Per the New York Times:

Visitors to the site will be able to listen to free streaming music, paid for with advertising, and share customized playlists with their friends. They will also be able to download tracks to play on their mobile devices, putting the new site in competition with similar services like Apple, Amazon and eMusic.

Questions: so what does this deal mean for acts who currently use MySpace but who are not signed to any of the Big Four labels? Will they be able to make use of this “one-stop source” or are MySpace and MySpace Music to be two seperate entities? Are MySpace’s terms and conditions of use going to become more major label-friendly?

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