MySpace’s entry into the streaming music space called MySpace Music has launched.
Using the service you’ll be able to listen to music from many recording artists and if you want to buy one you’ll be sent over to Amazon to purchase it from their DRM-free MP3 store (lately the only place I’ve been buying music).
Some early complains seem to revolve around an initial lack of content but I’d imagine that’s something MySpace will be working on in the near future.
Unlike other streaming music services like Napster, MySpace Music is ad-supported so there is no monthly fee for the service.
For more info check it out here.
You might recall back in April that Apple’s iTunes online store for the first time surpassed Wal-Mart as the number one music retailer in the US. They had the lead, but could they keep it? Looks like the answer is yes.
NDP Group has released the sales numbers for the first half of 2008 and the rankings are:
- Wal-Mart (Walmart, Walmart.com, Walmart Music Downloads)
- Best Buy (Best Buy, Bestbuy.com, Best Buy Digital Music Store)
- Amazon (Amazon.com, AmazonMP3.com)
- Target (Target and Target.com)
Amazon is an interesting story. In April they were in fifth place but they’ve come on strong thanks to their DRM-free MP3 store and moved into fourth position.
Will they crack the top three by Christmas? They’re definitely building momentum…
[Via Mac Rumors]
Music publisher Universal announced today that they were launching a new music service called LostTunes.
Not just another online music store, LostTunes will specialize in rare, difficult to find tracks that are hand-picked by Universal.
Just 134 albums will be available initially but expect another 500 or so albums to be added over the next 6-months.
The tracks will be DRM-free and encoded as 320Kbps MP3 files and be available for 99p per track or £8 for an entire album. Yes, the store will be UK only initially but Universal expects to expand it to other countries in “coming months”.
For more info check out the services homepage here.
Universal Music and UK-based satellite TV broadcaster Sky are preparing to launch a new DRM-free music with hopes of competing with Apple’s iTunes.
The new and as of yet unnamed service will be of the subscription variety, meaning instead of having to pay for each track or album, you’ll pay one flat fee each month and have access to as much or as little music as you’d like.
By being free of DRM, the service hopes to succeed where others, such as Napster, have struggled.
No word on exactly how the pricing will be other than to say that it will be “competitively priced” against their rivals.