The British Library is set to bring its unrivalled collection of 17th and 18th century texts into the digital age through a new partnership with Google. Google are to digitise 250,000 texts, making them available to be searched and copied...
Make-your-own-download-store service People's Music Store announced yesterday that it's managed to convince Universal to part with the licenses necessary to allow people to sell its music for them. It expands the catalogue to include artists such as Amy Winehouse, Girls Aloud, U2, Kanye West, James Morrison.
You would have though major labels would be gagging for other people to start selling their MP3s for them, but it appears not to be the case. Only Universal have so far signed a deal with the revolutionary People's Music Store service, and that's led to a slow takeup from users - only 1,000 people have so far created stores, which allow people to keep 10% of the profits earnt.
For digital music services to survive, they really need to concentrate wholly on getting the catalogue present - something that Spotify has excelled with. If People's Music Store can sign up the other majors quickly, then it has a chance to do well, otherwise it's likely headed for the internet graveyard - and that won't be its fault, it'll be the fault of the major labels.
People's Music Store
Ad-supported streaming music service Spotify has managed to recruit a quarter of a million UK users to its excellent music service. It's a nice milestone for the service which is the most exciting thing I've seen in digital music for a long time.
But Spotify isn't resting on its laurels. On its official blog, the company is inviting users to hassle their favourite bands and labels to join the service. They recommend hunting down a band's label, cross-referencing it with their uber-list of labels they have deals with, and if it doesn't match, then asking them to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What are you missing that you want to hear on the service? Go hunt them down, and then tell us in the comments below.
It's no secret that I love, adore, and worship Spotify. It's far and away my favourite piece of software that's emerged over the last year. The reason I love it so much is its simplicity, and the way it does nearly everything exactly right. You can see exactly why I love it from my original writeup here.
Yesterday, Spotify removed its invitation-only status in the UK. It's been possible to sign up without an invite, via a bit of URL trickery, for a little while, but now it's open to anyone. Go get your sisters, brothers, parents and neighbors signed up - they'll love it. However, Spotify, for all its awesomeness, isn't quite perfect. Here's five reasons why.