Feeds

Yahoo! signed to Sony, Universal digital music service

Well, 'Rival' offering has AOL...

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Top three mobile application threats

Why weren't Sony and Universal part of the digital music distribution initiative announced by fellow 'big five' recording companies EMI, Warner and BMG on Monday? Because they were working on a service of their own, which they effectively launched today.

Called Duet, the venture is backed by Yahoo!, which will provide access to it through its Web portal, just as AOL and RealNetworks will offer MusicNet.

Since MusicNet is an 'open' system - none of the parties have an exclusive licence to its digital back-catalogue, and the music providers can offer their music to other distribution services - it's possible that Yahoo! Could sign up for MusicNet too.

Can the two co-exist? There's no reason why not. That's what's clever about focusing on distribution, not the end user. By the sounds of it - though the services will have to be up and running before anyone can be sure about it - Yahoo! can license both, but provide a single, consistent interface for its users.

Think of it like a bricks'n'mortar music store. Tower Records stocks product from all the major labels and more, supplied through multiple distributors, but to the music consumer it's just a single outlet.

Of course, if the two come to offer different types of service - one's a pay-per-download system, while the other is subscription-based - that will complicate matters, as will trying to position their respective offerings as consumer brands. As anonymous distribution networks, there's no issue, however. ®

Related Story

EMI, BMG, AOL define universal Net music scheme

Top three mobile application threats

More from The Register

next story
Sorry London, Europe's top tech city is Munich
New 'Atlas of ICT Activity' finds innovation isn't happening at Silicon Roundabout
MtGox chief Karpelès refuses to come to US for g-men's grilling
Bitcoin baron says he needs another lawyer for FinCEN chat
Dropbox defends fantastically badly timed Condoleezza Rice appointment
'Nothing is going to change with Dr. Rice's appointment,' file sharer promises
Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray
High Fidelity Pure Audio – is this what your ears have been waiting for?
Did a date calculation bug just cost hard-up Co-op Bank £110m?
And just when Brit banking org needs £400m to stay afloat
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon flying broadband-bot
Apple DOMINATES the Valley, rakes in more profit than Google, HP, Intel, Cisco COMBINED
Cook & Co. also pay more taxes than those four worthies PLUS eBay and Oracle
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a defence for mobile apps
In this whitepaper learn the various considerations for defending mobile applications; from the mobile application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies needed to properly assess mobile applications risk.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.