Feeds

UK indies sign to Napster...

...as Wippit licenses Sony songs

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Napster has won the backing of the UK's Association of Independent Music (AIM) trade organisation with a deal that will allow the digital music download service to offer 50,000 songs from 50 independent labels on a worldwide basis.

Meanwhile, UK-based Napster rival Wippit announced today that it has added Sony to its roster of major label content providers.

AIM has over 800 members, together accounting for over 25 per cent of UK music sales, though only a fraction of whom are providing tracks through Napster. AIM said it expects other "many other" members to begin licensing their content to Napster in the coming months.

Those licences, along with the ones announced today, will be administered by Rightsrouter, a company launched by AIM earlier this year specifically to bring copyright holders and digital music services together, and to manage the administration of those licences in the digital domain.

Meanwhile, Wippit's deal with Sony will provide the download service with "tens of thousands" of tracks, according to sources close to the company, though as per Wippit's arrangement with BMG, signed earlier this year, it can only supply them to buyers in the UK and Ireland. The BMG deal brought 10,000 songs to Wippit's catalogue.

Wippit said it expects to make the tracks available "this summer" - presumably after Sony has opened its own European online music store, Connect, on 7 June. Connect launched in the US earlier this month. ®

Related stories

Dixons signs Napster promo exclusive
Napster's music licensing frustration
Wippit offers pay-by-SMS digital music downloads
Wippit adds 10,000 BMG tracks to catalogue
Sony US music service an 'embarrassment'
Apple misses iTunes sales target by 30%
Music biz fears play Apple a compliment
Apple iTunes Europe debut 'may be delayed'
EU probes music licensing
Europe demands open-to-all DRM tech

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Google Glassholes are UNDATEABLE – HP exec
You need an emotional connection, says touchy-feely MD... We can do that
Just don't blame Bono! Apple iTunes music sales PLUMMET
Cupertino revenue hit by cheapo downloads, says report
US court SHUTS DOWN 'scammers posing as Microsoft, Facebook support staff'
Netizens allegedly duped into paying for bogus tech advice
Feds seek potential 'second Snowden' gov doc leaker – report
Hang on, Ed wasn't here when we compiled THIS document
Verizon bankrolls tech news site, bans tech's biggest stories
No agenda here. Just don't ever mention Net neutrality or spying, ok?
NATO declares WAR on Google Glass, mounts attack alongside MPAA
Yes, the National Association of Theater Owners is quite upset
Inside the EYE of the TORnado: From Navy spooks to Silk Road
It's hard enough to peel the onion, are you hard enough to eat the core?
prev story

Whitepapers

Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile
Data demand and the rise of virtualization is challenging IT teams to deliver storage performance, scalability and capacity that can keep up, while maximizing efficiency.
Mitigating web security risk with SSL certificates
Web-based systems are essential tools for running business processes and delivering services to customers.