Music Industry

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.

United Kingdom To Introduce Private Copying

According to this document, it appears that the United Kingdom will introduce private copying legislation shortly, without the levies we’ve had here in Canada since the late 90’s.

Details on what they’re considering can be found on pages 7 and 8.

Spotify Now Available In America – Canada Next ?

Spotify has launches in the United States.

This advertisement funded service offers over 15 million tracks free to Windows and Mac users, as well as paid services for people who want to download individual selections or want to enjor the service without advertisements.

This service has signed contracts with numerous indie labels and major labels EMI, Sony, Universal and Warner. But there is no news in regards to a Canadian service yet, though Rdioicon currently offers advertisement free services to Canadians for $4.99 per month, $9.99 for services to mobile phones.

The above mentioned subscription rates are comparible to those listed at Spotify.