MySpace Music Plan May Be More Than A Me Too
from the virtual-merch-table dept
These days, every company from your cell phone carrier to Wal-Mart has a music download store. So it was only a matter of time before MySpace joined the game. But while many of these music stores are simply iTunes clones, MySpace is trying something different. It's going to offer a way for bands to sell music directly to fans from their MySpace pages. Furthermore, the songs aren't DRM'd so they're not tied to a particular device, and the band controls the price at which they're sold. Bands are already building up followings on MySpace, but have lacked a way to turn popularity into commercial success. This store will try to solve this problem. Predictably, there's already talk of whether MySpace can unseat the dominance of Apple in the digital music space, but that misses the point. It's the record labels themselves that should feel threatened. Not only has MySpace already given young bands an avenue to reach the masses, without a label to pay for their promotional campaigns, but now it's giving them more control over their distribution as well. The value added by signing with a label is clearly diminishing, and their fortunes are likely to follow.