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In Case You Missed It... StreamWaves.com, Music Industry Case Study, Napster
By David Nevue, The Music Biz Academy
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2003-03-18
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A new online music subscription service has entered the playing field. It's called StreamWaves.com, and while it doesn't have all the features of Listen.com, MusicNet, pressplay and others, it's still pretty cool. In fact, I like the layout more than some of its competitors....

- An Internet Music Service with a Difference: It' Legal
www.streamwaves.com

And since I'm on this topic, I have somewhat of a confession: I finally took the plunge and subscribed to Listen.com's Rhapsody service. I have to say I absolutely love it. I feel like I'm getting quite a deal - for $9.95/month I can listen to most any CD I want. I don't even have to get out of my chair to pick a CD out of my collection anymore. Best of all, I can try out pretty much any new CD on the market for free (well, there's that $10 a month fee), but I've been really enjoying the ability to try out new music to my heart's content. It's been a long time since I've enjoyed listening to music this much.

OK, moving on, I ran across an article this month that I think every struggling musician should read. It's a music industry case study. While the information in it is generally common knowledge, if you are still waiting to have your music 'discovered' so you can be rich beyond your wildest dreams, this article is a must-read:

- A Music Industry Case Study

The music biz is harsh, and not near as financially lucrative, as most people think.

In other news, Napster is coming back. The company that purchased Napster (Roxio), intends to relaunch Napster as a pay-for-download service before the end of 2003. Roxio has even brought in Shawn Fanning, the creator of Napster, as a consultant on the project. Roxio is pursuing licensing deals with all the major record labels so that when it goes 'live', it has a complete catalog from the get-go.

- Napster Rises From the Grave... Again

In other major news, which I won't delve into detail on, RealNetworks has invested money in Listen.com, giving the Rhapsody service a much needed financial boost; AOL signed a deal with MusicNet and is now offering the music download service to its 27 million subscribers; File sharing, CD burning, and Internet listening rates all continue to rise on the Internet (no surprise there); and the industry is developing a digital ID tag for music files called the "Global Release Identifier" (GRid) to track music distributed electronically via the web.

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