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08.08.08: Auspicious Beginnings For People's Music Store

Several months ago, I posted about the beta sign up for a little something called the People's Music Store. I went ahead and tacked my name to the list, and was duly invited to join the beta launch. The concept is simple and enticing: you sign up to create your own online music shop at The ...

'Silicon Valley Hippies Destroying Music': U2 Manager Misses The Point Entirely

Following on from the Qtrax debacle, we now have more hilarity from the MIDEM conference. This time it comes from Paul McGuinness, who has managed U2 very successfully for 30 years. His speech titled “The Online Bonanza: Who is making all the money and why aren’t they sharing it?” ...

Qtrax: 25 Million Free Tracks? Or Pie In The Sky?

The Times reported today a news story claiming a new service, Qtrax, would allow users to download 25 million music tracks for free on an advertising sponsored basis, with full backing from all four major music labels. With CD sales in free fall and legal downloads yet to fil...

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