Music Industry

New Parliamentary Session Starts Today

Parliament will be in session today and many bills are scheduled to be introduced by the last scheduled sitting day in December, including two re-introduced bills that consumers should be made aware of.

Both should be of concern to Canadian consumers as they are scheduled to be re-introduced with little to no changes, possibly resulting in a loss in the ability to make private copies from copy protected recordings, loss of privacy when it comes to the internet and higher subscription fees for internet access.

Long-awaited copyright bill returns, but top court to wade in too

Long-awaited copyright bill returns, but top court to wade in too.

The above link is to an article from The Winnipeg Free Press, which confirms that the government intends on re-introducing Bill C-32, as is.

RIM Announces Blackberry Music

Research In Motion, a.k.a RIM, has published details about their new BBM Music service today.

According to their press release, this new Blackberry Messenger based music service will feature over 45 million recordings from major labels Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group and EMI, which will be made available via a cloud service to Blackberry users in Australia, Canada, Colombia, France, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, UAE, the United Kingdom and the United States.

This Omnifone powered service will allow users to access 50 songs for US$4.99 a month but is currently in beta testing, with a limited amount of users.

Galaxie Goes Mobile

Stingray Digital has just released a free applicationicon enabling people to listen to the Galaxie music service.

This 48 commercial free music streaming service is primarily distributed on digital cable systems in Canada. But now for $4.99 a month or $9.99 for three months or $39.99 for a year, Apple product users can access these channels. Additional information can be found by clicking the following :

Galaxie Mobile - The KARAOKE Channel

Walmart Closing Music Site In States

Walmart will be closing their American music download site on August 29th. But their Canadian music download site, SongSpark, continues to operate.

Indie Labels Hit By London Riots

A major distribution center operated by Sony has been destroyed in London, England.

The three story building, in which CDs and DVDs from indie labels XL Recordings, 4AD, Beggars, Pias, Domino and Rough Trade were stored, was burned down according to Billboard.

Pias is a major independent music distributor, representing 150 labels. They also distribute DVDs and games.