O2 and Sony BMG launch MyPlay 'artist led' music store – still costs money though


So O2 is the latest mobile company to launch itself a music store although they’ve managed to look really important this time by doing so in conjunction with Sony BMG, making them an “artist led music store” whatever that means.

Well, actually I can tell you what that means but it isn’t half as non-corporate, free and equitable as it sounds. The store’s called My Play. It’s accessible through the O2 Active portal…

Sony BMG signs on to Nokia's 'Comes With Music' unlimited download service


Whilst EMI may still be undecided about signing on to the initiative that will bundle the unlimited music download plan with Nokia handsets, Sony BMG has no qualms about joining up, with their whole catalogue of tracks available for download from the second half of 2008, when Comes With Music is expected to launch.

The unlimited plan is on offer for the first year of ownership on that mobile, with the songs downloadable via the handset or user’s PC. According to Nokia, once the year-long contract has expired, the tracks will remain playable, unlike…

MySpace Music finally announced, with Universal, Sony BMG and Warner all signed up


I was going to write this afternoon about the rumours regarding MySpace Music coming through the wires getting hotter and faster, but before I had a chance, they only went and issued a formal press release about it!

As expected, they’ve entered a partnership with Universal Music Group, Sony BMG and Warner Music Group, which will offer music services on MySpace, a site that’s been known as a music community ever since all the sensible people fled to Facebook in 2007. Enhancing the MySpace Music platform already in place, they’ll offer DRM-free digital downloads, ad-supported audio and video streaming, a mobile store plus plenty of other knick knacks…

Microsoft signs up MTV and Sony BMG to provide content for MSN Video

1115-SouthParkDoesWoW%282%29.jpgAt a press conference this morning in the heart of Microsoft’s glasshouse, the company announced an online video partnership with MTV Networks International and Sony BMG, because according to John Mangelaars, VP of Microsoft Online Services Group, “video is exploding”. Just cottoned on, eh Microsoft?

Adding to their MSN video service, which is free to users, clips from MTV programs including South Park, Pimp My Ride…

Opinion: Free music file sharing was never going to hit the right notes with record firms

Jon_smal.gifJonathan Weinberg writes… You don’t get anything in life for free. So the saying goes.

And so, I’m not surprised that a website which promised us the world’s first legal file-sharing service has had to backtrack on the plans after the record companies said they were not yet supporting it.

Qtrax made a big song and dance about their launch over in Cannes with stars including James Blunt there. They secured quite a bit of coverage in all the national newspapers too in Britain.

But maybe it would have made sense to secure the record firms first, after all, as the gatekeepers of the industry, they are pretty important don’t you think? It’s like saying you’ve got a No1 song, without actually having the lyrics written or the musical score penned…