SoundLoud to challenge MySpace Music

SoundLoud to challenge MySpace Music

Summary: Another 'long tail' music store launches.


SoundLoud is the latest music service attempting to monetize the very end of the long tail by providing a mechanism for independent and unsigned musicians to sell their music online. Unlike centralised music stores such as iTunes, SoundLoud's main offering is the SoundStation Music Store, an e-store widget designed to be placed on band websites and MySpace profiles, which enables tracks to be purchased for download.

SoundStation music player widget

With regards to MySpace, SoundLoud faces tough competition from the social network's in-house offering (powered by Snocap). Having said that, SoundLoud offers a slightly better deal for artists by keeping 33 cents per $0.99 of each track sold, compared to Snocap's 45 cents.

No threat to Apple

When MySpace first announced its intention to start selling music downloads, the company's co-founder Chris DeWolfe (in what can only be described as wishful thinking) was quoted as saying:

Everyone we’ve spoken to definitely wants an alternative to iTunes and the iPod. MySpace could be that alternative.

It's true that MySpace Music (along with SoundLoud) does provide a much needed way for independent musicians to monetize their content, and creates alternative destinations for consumers. However, as the tracks sold on these services will be good old-fashioned (and DRM-free) MP3s, they'll work just fine on the iPod - which is of course where Apple makes most of its money anyway.

Topic: Social Enterprise

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  • Excellent

    Let bands take control of their own financial lives. They don't need someone else to sell their music. Best of all is the lack of DRM, the now dying beast that's killing the major record labels.

    Also of interest is this site:

    Bands list themselves and people can buy shares in that band. When a band hits a certain level of investment, the money goes toward recording and releasing a cd. Not sure if they've got the right revenue model here, basing profits on ad revenue, but it's a start. I'd like to see bands doing this on their own--selling shares to investors/fans who finance recordings and tours and get to share in profits.
    tic swayback