CD Baby Launches Its Own Facebook App, Baby
-- The rise of Facebook, along with the demise of MySpace and the lack of viable alternatives for social commerce, has created a rush to create tools that market and sell music at Facebook. There are many on the market, and more are sure to appear in the future. However, the latest app has a slight advantage because the creator already has a large footprint in independent music.
Veteran company CD Baby is the latest company to launch an app for the Facebook platform. Called MusicStore, the app allows artists to set up a direct-to-consumer storefront at their Facebook page. It is free for artists and uses the same pricing model as music sold through CDBaby.com. It requires no additional uploading since the artist's music is already stored in CD Baby's database.
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The app does more than just sell music. MusicStore streams music and video, accepts fan reviews and allows fans to share music with their Facebook friends. Because CD Baby sells both CDs and downloads, a fan can opt for either when buying from MusicStore. CD Baby says that in the first five days the app was available, over 1,500 artists installed it on their Facebook pages.
The music-selling Facebook app is an increasingly common sight and CD Baby has some serious competitors: RootMusic's BandPage, FanBridge's Damntheradio, ReverbNation's My Band, Nimbit's MyStore and Moontoast Impulse. But other then ReverbNation, CD Baby is the only one of the group that is a physical and digital distributor with an existing collection of independent artists clients. According to the company's web site, CD Baby artists have sold 360,000 unique albums and its digital distribution catalog has over 3 million tracks.
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Lord Says: UK ISPs Can Appeal DEA Per BBC
-- BT and Talk Talk will be able to appeal their previous legal losses regarding provisions of the UK's Digital Economy Act. Lord Justice Lewison will allow the companies to appeal on four grounds, according to a BBC News report: "Both companies have raised concerns about how the legislation works alongside EU directives on technical standards, authorisation, e-commerce, as well as privacy and electronic communications."
The two ISPs lost a judiciary review in April and had their request to appeal denied in June. At stake is the U.K. government's ability to send warning letters to suspected copyright infringers as required by the Digital Economy Act. The two companies had previously argued the Act infringes upon users' "basic rights and freedoms" and did not receive sufficient scrutiny before being pushed through the government.
Government involvement is increasingly seen as crucial to fighting piracy. While the approach in the U.S. is geared toward market-based solutions rather than legislative intervention, governments in countries such as France, South Korea and New Zealand have already implemented anti-piracy laws and more legislation is in the works elsewhere. "[There is a] growing recognition that building a legal online marketplace and fighting piracy are not just issues for the music industry, IFPI CEO Francis Moore said in Italy last week, according to MusicWeek. "Music was, and remains, a pioneering industry of the digital world. Other creative industries do not come close to that level of digital penetration - even though those other industries, like books, films and magazines, are now discovering the same challenges in the internet world as the music industry did many years ago.
Clear Channel Radio's Meier Joins Spotify, Too
-- Spotify has a new head of business development: Gerrit Meier, the former chief operating officer for digital at Clear Channel Radio. His official title is "GM Distribution and Partnerships." Before joining Clear Channel Meier was VP, Digital Business Development for EMI Music North America.
Notice that Spotify is hiring the kind of executives who have great resumes and numerous opportunities? The fact these people have chosen Spotify says a lot about the company and its prospects. Last month the company hired a chief revenue officer, former AOL and Google executive Jeff Levick, and former Google executive Dan Brody to be its General Manager Asia-Pacific. In August Spotify hired Zynga executive Teymour Farman-Farmaian to be Chief Acquisition & Retention Officer.