Loudeye Offers Indie Tracks
Loudeye's IndieSource, an extension of its music label program, licenses hundreds of thousands of indie music tracks to companies building a digital music business. Indie music labels that license their content to Loudeye will be distributed to major digital music stores (such as Musicmatch and BuyMusic at Buy.com).
Recent agreements with indies have included India's Saregama, Avatar Records, Stern's Music, Paradise Artists, Maggie's Music, Corn Music Services, Rebel Records, Agog Creative Group and RoadHouse Records. Interested? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.loudeye.com/indiesource.
Trusonic Switched-On GarageBand
Trusonic's 250,000 artists can join GarageBand's music storage and services — boasting more than 1.7 million songs and an automatic new Web page using Trusonic's content that was once hosted on MP3.com; Trusonic is a former division of MP3.com.
“GarageBand.com provides the award-winning services and exposure that independent musicians deserve,” said Dan O'Neill, CTO of Trusonic. “We're delighted to see them offer a new home for this incredible community of musicians and songs.”
“Thanks to Trusonic's ingenuity and cooperation, it's a bright day for independent music around the world,” said GarageBand CEO Ali Partovi. “Now, musicians can have the best of both worlds: free exposure to consumers and royalties from business users.”
For more information, visit http://garageband.com/go/ts4.
iTunes Celebrates One Year, 70 Million Songs Sold
Apple's iTunes Music Store, launched a year ago, has sold more than 70 million songs — giving the service more than 70 percent market share of legal downloads for singles and albums. According to Apple, iTunes customers are now purchasing 2.7 million songs a week, a rate of 140 million songs a year.
Kicking off its second year, Apple launched the third-generation iTunes Music Store, featuring more than 700,000 songs from the Big Five and more than 450 indie labels. New features include iMix, where users can publish playlists of fave songs on the store for other users to preview, rate and purchase; radio charts from more than 1,000 stations; added music videos and movie trailers; ability to play purchased tracks on up to five personal computers (up from three); and automatic WMA-to-AAC conversion. Version 4.5 for Mac and PC users is available as a free download from www.apple.com/itunes.
In other iTunes news, author Simon Higgs has recently self-published his The Guide to Selling Your Music in the iTunes Music Store, which covers the entire process of posting music on Apple's store. Topics include approaching Apple, encoding tracks using iTunes Producer and submitting music, as well as a special section on IRSC codes.
The book is available at Higgs Communications (www.higgs.com/publications/itunes-guide.html) for $20, plus shipping and handling.
It's Fun to Promote Yourself
A subsidiary of Advanced Solutions and Technologies, ItsFun.com allows emerging artists a place to promote their music for a $29.95 startup fee. The site will retain five percent of each track's purchased price to pay the costs of staff, Website expenses and improvements. www.itsfun.com.
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