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Mix: PodSafe, File-sharing, e-label, UK iPod scheme

Podcasting start-up PodShow has launched PodSafe, a network for musicians and podcasters designed to give “access to music, other content and tools to create royalty-free podcasts.”

Playlouder, an ISP launching in September, has partnered with Sony BMG to allow customers to share Sony licensed music with others on its network. “The deal signals the first time that music fans can use existing popular peer-to-peer (P2P) applications such as Kazaa, eDonkey and Limewire, to share music in an unrestricted and sanctioned way,” notes BBC News.

Warner Music Group is creating a new music-distribution model, called an “e-label,” in which artists will “release music in clusters of three songs every few months [as digital downloads] rather than a CD every few years.”

Macworld UK reports that the UK Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has shut down “free iPod” schemes in the UK: “The promoters of the scheme—which offered a variety of claimed high-tech ‘free gifts’ in return for buying low-value products—have given what the OFT calls a ‘binding agreement’ not to promote such schemes.”

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I would be very unhappy to see major record labels going the way of digital downloads and 3-song-packs of music.  The album is an art, and should not be lost to the advancement of digital music distribution.  Keep the album alive!!!

Posted by StinkieDMB on August 23, 2005 at 12:46 PM (CDT)


yeah I totally agree.

Posted by jm on August 23, 2005 at 2:20 PM (CDT)


Sorry guys, but the future is coming.  The Labels realize they ultimately shot themselves in the foot by pushing singles for $.99.  Now people buy only the song they want and its hurting the Labels.

Next step is to sell three songs for $2.99.  This little trio will include the one hot single along with two other songs that aren’t scheduled for radio play.  Then they’ll offer another trio with the second released single and two lesser tracks.

Ultimately we will be right back to where the Labels wants us.  The download music will follow the same pricing structures as the brick and mortar outlets used for years.  A hot single will cost $3.99 and include a b-side track.  The album will be priced at somewhere near three times the price of a single.  So, expect download albums to start costing about $9.99 to $12.99.

It’s business guys…no art whatsoever.

Posted by Talking Madness on August 23, 2005 at 2:31 PM (CDT)


start? don’t download albums already cost $9.99 to $12.99?

TM - onto something but… I think labels realize they can’t sell albums with 2 or 3 good singles and a bunch of filler. Warner is just cutting out the filler.

Seems like 3 song releases every few months might actually help some artists. Different people work different ways.

Posted by Travis on August 23, 2005 at 3:06 PM (CDT)



You’re right.  What I said came out a bit funny.  What I meant was that they will most likely be more in the $12.99 range, whereas they are now mostly $9.99.

The Labels don’t want to cut the filler completely, because the filler allows them to get someone to purchase an entire album instead of just singles.  The filler allows them to up sell you to an entire album, while the increased single price will ensure that they get at least more than a buck out of you.

Three song releases will definitely benefit every artist because they will be able to pace the release of their album.  They will get a lot more mileage and marketing out of the same twelve songs by releasing them as four set of three.

Ultimately I think these three song releases will be viewed as a piece of the whole album as opposed to the whole thing itself.  It’s like the DVD market.  You can buy each of the Star Wars movies individually, you can buy them as sets of three (Episodes 1-3 or Episodes 4-6), or soon you will be able to buy the whole epic six episode box set with all the filler.  Of course George Lucas hopes you buy them individually, then as two box sets, and then as one huge box set (that scenario would leave you with three copies of each movie, but trust me some fans will do it).  This is the order in which they are released to consumers and each step has more filler in an attempt to up sell you. 

I guess the only art involved is the art of the deal.

Posted by Talking Madness on August 23, 2005 at 5:22 PM (CDT)

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