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7digital to license access to DMCA-compliant streaming, 25M licensed tracks to U.S. webcasters

Thursday, June 6, 2013 - 12:05pm

London-based 7digital is releasing its "DMCA-compliant" music streaming platform to would-be U.S. webcasters. Turntable.fm's Piki service (more in RAIN here) is already using the 7digital service to stream.

7digital provides its digital music store and other related services to consumer electronics companies like Samsung and music services like Turntable.fm.

The company's streaming radio API is meant to make it easy to launch an Internet radio service that adheres to the restrictions of the U.S. law known as the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998. (The law limits the ways in which "non-interactive" services can present and make music available to consumers.) The streaming API also affords access to 7digital's full catalog of more than 25 million tracks of licensed music.

7digital thinks there's real appeal to consumers and a growing market for curated, "non-interactive, DMCA-compliant" services -- that is, Internet radio.

The company's president for North America Vickie Nauman told TechCrunch, "It's such a great lean-back experience and we’ve been watching the marketplace and we feel that the partners that we have that are doing really well, combined with the need people have for a really easy way to listen to their music have led us to decide that this year we're really going to focus on radio."

7digital CEO and founder Ben Drury spoke at the recent RAIN Summit Europe conference in Brussels. Hear audio of the entire conference with SoundCloud. The links are in the right-hand margin of kurthanson.com.

Read more in TechCrunch here.

Spotify would offer free, ad-supported Internet radio in markets Pandora can't access

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - 3:35pm

Global music streaming service leader Spotify will reportedly soon offer ad-supported streaming radio in every country in which it operates.

Pandora, the leader in Internet radio, hasn't successfully negotiated licenses to operate outside the U.S., (and recently) Australia and New Zealand.

Spotify's main service is subscription-based, on-demand streaming. They do, however, offer a free, ad-supported, non-interactive streaming radio service as well. And while the service hasn't generated many rave reviews (we don't know about actual usage), especially when compared to Pandora, the move gives Spotify access to an audience Pandora doesn't have.

Three anonymous sources told Bloomberg Spotify is close to finalizing deals with record labels for the service, which is planned to launch next month.

Read more in Bloomberg here.

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