Mashable is reporting that MySpace will soon be selling music downloads from the 3 million unsigned bands that have set-up shop on the hugely popular social network – a move that further enhances the disruptive nature of MySpace on the music industry. Curiously, MySpace co-founder Chris DeWolfe is quoted as telling Reuters: â€œEveryone weâ€™ve spoken to definitely wants an alternative to iTunes and the iPod. MySpace could be that alternative.â€?
AdAge reports that MySpace is considering the launch of a dead-tree magazine, in an attempt to extend the MySpace brand. A traditional magazine would certainly provide the comfort-zone that potential avertisers on MySpace are craving for – unlike the user-generated content that fuels the social networking website, the content in a traditional magazine can be highly controlled. Brands needn’t fear what they may be associated with. The editorial mix would
UBC Media, owner of Classic Gold analogue and digital stations, is investing in technology to let listeners push a button on their radio and transfer songs to their computer. UBC, which also produces programmes for BBC radio, hopes to announce partners in the music and radio industries for the venture shortly.