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Yamaha and Roland are sponsoring Dream Musician's (www.dreammusician.com) efforts to provide musicians with the ultimate experience of playing in their favorite bands. At DreamMusician.com, through a licensing arrangement with Universal Music Group, musicians can download songs that isolate or exclude the original instrumental track of their choice. Dream Musician also provides songs that separate the musician's instrument from the accompaniment of all other instruments in the song. This way, fans can acquire the original master tracks to hear exactly how the artist performed their songs when they were first recorded. The songs, downloadable in Windows Media format, are accessible through secure digital downloads priced at $2 per individual title.
Pump Audio's new MyPump Soundtrack (www.mypumpaudio.com) service provides an easy and affordable way for users to add licensed, independent music to their video creations and Web commercials. Creators can view their video while searching through the Pump Audio catalog to find the right track. They can then perform simple song editing and add the music to their video. Pump Audio splits the licensing revenue with the artist, who retains complete ownership over his or her music.
Pricing for tracks will vary, and in some cases will be free for consumers using the MyPump Soundtrack service through a partner. Basic licensing for the Web will start at $0.99 per track or less for bundled uses.