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Consumer Focus On Consumers Awareness Of Legal Online Music Retail Options March 10, 2010

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Consumer Focus sees the growth of the legal online music market as the best way to tackle online copyright infringement, but new research from the consumer champion shows how the music industry is failing to promote the many legal alternatives.

The research released today shows that four in ten people are unable to name a single online music service at all (more…)

Apple’s “Cocktail” Little More Than “Stir-Crazy” Notion, Light on the Sauce August 5, 2009

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Last week, news broke that Apple was in talks with the major labels regarding the creation of the “Cocktail”, a new digital music format will go beyond a simple PDF file of liner notes, and instead bundle photos, videos, lyrics and other assets with an album’s music.

Although I haven’t reported on it until, it isn’t because I missed this story. It was because I was waiting for someone else to confirm what I had suspected.

Another lame idea proposed by the record industry, it turns out this idea is little more than a thinly veiled attempt to extract more gold out of consumers pockets. Or as reported, “It’s all about the Benjamins. ”

Unsatisfied with what it was realizing in digital sales, the record industry had to come up with another idea to sell music, and other products, stirred gently, heavily garnished with possibly a little umbrella and served up for what they hope will bring a bigger price.

Downloadable music didn’t kill the album cover. The CD did. By the time the MP3 format came along, consumers shrugged off the absence of album art and liner notes.

Details remain slim, but label sources confirming the effort’s existence point to it as the digital version of the record sleeves of yesteryear.

The Cocktail format would enable fans to play an album without having to open their iTunes music management software.

While pricing information isn’t available, you can bet Cocktail-formatted albums will certainly cost more than the standard album available on iTunes.

One major-label source reports that when a digital album is released as both a standard music-only download and a deluxe download with extra content, the deluxe version typically outsells the standard one by 85 percent to 90 percent in the first few weeks after its release, even though it usually costs $2 to $5 more.

“It’s not about selling more albums,” a label source says about Cocktail. Cocktail-formatted albums would include only content selected and bundled by the label, but the broader goal would be the same — to offer fans a more immersive digital music experience than they have had with MP3s and CDs.

Apple has already offered a variety of incentives at iTunes to enhance the appeal of digital album purchases. Through a partnership with Ticketmaster, iTunes has bundled digital albums with the purchase of a concert ticket.

Will the Cocktail format drive greater digital album sales? If you are inclined to answer yes, may be it’s time you offered someone else your keys.

For me it wouldn’t matter, even if they were to throw in rolling papers.

If you are uncertain as to what I am talking about here, ask any one who attended college back in the ’60s and ’70s. They can tell you what the album cover of yore was good for.

iLike + Twitter = Direct-to-fan communication July 24, 2009

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Promoting your music online is all about connecting directly with your fans. You can now link your iLike and Twitter accounts, bringing your ‘tweets’ to more fans via the iLike music feed, your iLike profile, and your Facebook Page. You can even tweet using the iLike Artist Dashboard.

Rather than repeat-posting the same content on multiple websites, social networks and online platforms, iLike will now instantly syndicate your content to more than 45 million music fans across the iLike network, including: their dominant music apps on iGoogle, Facebook, hi5, Bebo, and Orkut; their plugins for iTunes and Windows Media Player; and now Twitter.

Learn more and link your iLike and Twitter accounts today at: http://www.iLike.com/manage?r=Twitter.

CDBaby Ups Cost of Selling Downloads, Passes Increase Along to Artists July 11, 2009

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If you sell downloads from CDBaby, it’s going to cost you a little bit more. CD Baby is upping the rate it charges artists for downloads sold direct from it’s site. This increase will range from 9% to 25% with a 27 cent minimum.

CD Baby blamed the increase in credit card fees which range from “27¢ (for a single) to over 50¢ (for an album or CD sale) per transaction”.

Commissions on downloads sold through Amazon, iTunes and other digital retailers will remain 9%.

Going live this weekend, this move is part of a site revamp that includes the addition of single song downloads, artist pages as well as the standard album pages, download card printing and an upload utility that eliminates the need to mail in a CD.