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RAIN 2/10: Warner to music services: "Subscriptions, or no music!"

Posted on: 02/10/2010

WARNER WANTS TO PULL THE PLUG ON FREE ON-DEMAND MUSIC SERVICES

BBC News is reporting that Warner Music Group has said it plans to stop licensing music to “free music streaming services.”

The “free music services” referred to are, presumably, ad-supported “on-demand” streaming services like Spotify and Last.fm, and not non-interactive webcasting. What’s more, U.S. Copyright law established a compulsory license for the use of the music for non-interactive (e.g. Internet radio) purposes.

The article quotes an unnamed Warner spokesperson as saying free-to-use ad-supported online music services are “clearly not positive for the industry,” and Warner CEO Edgar Bronfman Jr. as saying, “Free streaming services are clearly not net positive for the industry and as far as Warner Music is concerned will not be licensed.” The label wants to work exclusively with services that charge users a recurring subscription fee for on-demand listening. What remains to be seen is whether Warner will remove its music from existing services, or simply, going forward, reject new deals.

Read more from BBC News here.

REAL, MTV TO JETTISON RHAPSODY

RealNetworks and MTV have announced that they are spinning off their Rhapsody streaming music venture into a new, independent company.

Real, Viacom-owned MTV, and minority stockholders will now own less than half of the new company. Read more in Hypebot here and CNet here.

JETCAST HOSTS FREE WEBINAR TOMORROW ON WEBCASTING REVENUE OPPS

Streaming services provider and streaming content portal Jetcast will host a free webinar tomorrow (twice, actually) to discuss revenue opportunities in webcasting. Jetcast and ReplaceAds co-founder, Jeff Pescatello, along with radio vets Tom Zarecki and Richard Darr will host “How The WEB Was Won! Secrets For Streaming Daily Dollars From The Web To Your Wallet.” The 20-minute presentation will begin at 10A ET/9A CT (registration here), then again at 3P ET/2P CT (registration here).

REMINDER: FIRST ALL ACCESS/TRITON DIGITAL WEEKLY WEBINAR TODAY 2P ET/1P CT

All Access begins its series of weekly webinars on digital issues affecting radio this afternoon at 2 ET/1 CT, sponsored by Triton Digital. Today’s session, “Social Media 101,” will be hosted by Triton Media’s Jim Kerr. The 20-minute features will be free, but require registration here.



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