7Digital Launched Universal Music into Their Catalog

7digital (the UK based mp3 store) has started selling music from Universal Music today. This is the first time in Europe the tracks have been offered in 320k mp3’s, and seems to be selling both the new releases and its back catalog.

Hypebot mentions that it is quite strange that there was no formal press release by either party. Here at RouteNote we would be very keen to talk to a representative from 7digital about including our catalog in their system.

Napster Open to Sale. This Was Definitely On The Cards

Napster has hinted that the company is up for sale again, saying in its response to a dissident shareholder group that the company is once again exploring possible strategic alternatives, and has retained UBS Investment Bank to assist in the process. The company hired UBS two years ago to explore a possible sale, but no deal emerged. Napster informed shareholders of the move in a letter that also said the company believes that three proposed dissident board candidates are “unqualified.”

The company said the dissident candidates “have offered no specific business plan, other than suggesting a vague review of Napster’s business,” and also “have no significant ownership in Napster and, in fact, have been frequent sellers of Napster stock.”

Napster instead urged shareholders to re-elect its current slate of independent directors.

Source: DMW Media

Limewire Store Signs The Orchard and Adds 2 Million Tracks To Its Catalog

Lime Wire LLC (the company) has announced a deal with The Orchard, a large digital distributor for independent artists and small labels. The deal will effectively double the amount of music available in the LimeWire Store to more than 2 million tracks.

The LimeWire Store launched in the spring of 2008 selling 256kbps DRM-free MP3s from Redeye, Nettwerk Music Group, IRIS, RouteNote and others. The store also offers features exclusive releases and targeted marketing opportunities.

Here at RouteNote we haven’t found Limewire to be a successful partner at all and have since stop delivering content. They seem to not even respond to our emails, which is not a good sign.

BBC Worldwide Plans Ad-Supported Music Service

BBC Worldwide is working on an ad-supported music service that would offer free streaming or paid downloads of songs and videos from the BBC archives, including live performances from its “Top of the Pops” and “Live Lounge” on Radio 1, New Media Age reported.

The service is expected to launch next year with at least 1,000 tracks, and the BBC is reportedly negotiating rights with record labels including EMI.

Ads on the streaming content would comprise pre-roll and display ads sold by the BBC and served by DoubleClick.

Cloud Speakers Music Aggregator Receives Funding

Cloudspeakers, an aggregator of music reviews, streaming tracks and music videos, said that it has received an investment from Veronica Holding. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

Founded in 2007, Netherlands-based Cloudspeakers aggregates legal, music-related links from a range of sources, such as Pitchfork Media, Yahoo Music, XLR8R and PopMatters.

The company will use the new funds to develop new services, including a music recommendation tool, and to pursue syndication of its content on other sites.

iTunes Growth Is Still On The Rise – Are You Part Of The Movement

iTunes is a store that is continually on the rise. RouteNote has been a partner of iTunes for the past 6 months and we are really starting to notice in our sales alone that iTunes is still growing at a rapid pace. Over at ReadWriteWeb they have a great article on iTunes and Apple creating an iNetwork. However, there was one graph in the article that stood out and that was iTunes sales over since it began. I have attached the graph below so you can see the growth of iTunes. If your not already selling your music via RouteNote onto iTunes, why the hell not!


China Mobile Has Over 80 Million Subscribers

China Mobile is one of the leading telecommunications companies within China, and they have released figures on Wednesday that stated they have more than 80 million subscribers to the M.Music Wireless Music Club. M.Music involves all four major labels and includes downloads, music videos, artist photos, ringtones, and even SMS-based magazines.  The service was launched in July of 2006.

The subscribers have doubled since September 2007, but this 80 million is only a small part of the 421.7 million subscribers that have across their entire network. Despite its heft, China Mobile faces serious competition from companies like China Telecom and China Unicom.  Among its future initiatives, China Mobile is now spreading a homegrown 3G connectivity protocol, one that aims to supercharge multimedia delivery and communications. 

China is an emerging market, not just economically but in a variety of markets. It would be great if we could some how take our musicians music to that side of the world, because the sheer size of the market is unrivalled.

New On The RouteNote Blog!

Here on the RouteNote blog you will soon be seeing a lot more information about the general state and happenings within the digital music space. Look out for acquisitions, analysis and more news inside your favourite music sites. We want to not just keep all our artists informed about where they should be placing themselves in the market, but also let everyone know what sites to use or not use.

Album Upload Tool is Now Online

Here at RouteNote we have been trying to improve our service for our artists. We have received a lot of feedback and now we are starting to rollout some changes. First big improvement is our new Album Upload Tool. The Album Upload Tool allows all our artists to not have to upload 1 track at a time like before. Now artists can set their entire Album to upload and then hit the upload button and come back to the computer when it is finished.

The RouteNote team really hopes you enjoy this new tool and if you have any suggestions for upgrades or new tools in the future, please just drop us an email.