BMG, Sony and Others Subscribe to the Internet
Duet & MusicNet, Universal & EMusic, Vitaminic & IUMA
Most major record labels are jumping into the pool of online subscription
services headfirst, with the goal of making their music available to
consumers at all times. An ongoing series of corporate mergers, partnerships
and strategic alliances between Internet music companies and recording
companies are giving them a stronger presence on the Internet, making a
bigger impression on the minds of the consumer (and congress!).
Just 48 hours after April Fool's Day, it was announced that music
distribution leader RealNetworks joined with AOL Time Warner, Bertelsmann AG
and EMI Group PLC to launch MusicNet, a new online subscription service to be
launched later this year.
Universal decided to take their Internet presence one step further. Just a
few days after the MusicNet announcement, the label signed a definitive
merger agreement with EMusic.com Inc. Since its inception in 1998, EMusic has
been a forerunner in how music is discovered, delivered and enjoyed by
consumers. In addition to their downloadable music subscription service,
which has struggled in recent months, EMusic operates a popular family of
music-oriented web sites, including RollingStone.com and DownBeat.com. The
site also holds licensing agreements with over 700 independent record labels,
offering a collection of over 165,000 tracks.
Universal is also one of the driving forces in Duet, a new digital music
subscription service created by Universal and Sony Music Entertainment.
Duet's U.S. service will be presented on the Yahoo! network and Yahoo! Music
Using streaming music and downloads, the Duet subscription service will give
consumers access to music from Sony and Universal artists, as well as other
companies. Music fans will be able to compile personalized playlists and
share them with other Duet members.
Representatives from both Sony and Universal are optimistic about the merger,
which will allow the labels to provide consumers access to music all the
time. "Yahoo!'s strong brand recognition and tremendous consumer reach will
greatly enhance the success of Duet, and the Duet service will provide a rich
resource for consumers interested in accessing music securely online," Howard
Stringer, Sony Corporation of America's Chairman and CEO said. "Through Duet,
we will guarantee both a premiere entertainment experience for consumers and
continued support for content creators around the world."
Music released through Sony, Universal and BMG is also distributed through
Vitaminic, the powerhouse for promotion and distribution of digital music.
The company recently acquired the popular artist website IUMA (Internet
Underground Music Archive), giving their extensive artist community an
opportunity to reach a wider audience.
After a brief adjustment phase, from the loss of funding by EMusic, IUMA is back online and is set up to accept
new artists through "Artist Uplink." Other original site features, including
stats, charts, affiliate network, bulletin boards, radio IUMA, featured
columns, industry tip sheets, label services and live artist support, are now
While record companies learn to embrace online subscription services and
further explore the advantages of online distribution, Internet-savvy
consumers have an opportunity to enjoy considerable rewards.
AOL Time Warner - www.aoltimewarner.com
Bertelsmann - www.bertelsmann.com
BMG - www.bmg.com
Down Beat - www.downbeat.com
EMusic - www.emusic.com
IUMA - www.iuma.com
MusicNet - www.musicnet.com
RealNetworks - www.realnetworks.com
Rolling Stone - www.rollingstone.com
Sony - www.sonymusic.com
Universal - www.universalmusic.com
Vitaminic - www.vitaminic.com
Yahoo Music - music.yahoo.com
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