Musicians get medium to sell songs online

Sept. 6, 2006 at 12:04 AM
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SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- MySpace and SNOCAP, both in California, are partnering to provide musicians with licensing and copyright to sell music directly from their online profile pages.

SNOCAP is providing MySpace, an online community, with the digital music retail tools to allow artists and labels to sell music directly to the public in mp3 format, a MySpace news release said.

"Up until now bands faced the challenges of content availability, technology and distribution," President of MySpace Tom Anderson said. is the second ranked Web domain in terms of page views with 100 million member profiles.

The innovation would lower the barriers for bands to sell music directly in a way that is "easy and totally legal," Anderson said.

"Now, every artist can distribute their music instantly and directly to their fans, making them relevant whether they sell one hundred tracks, ten thousand tracks or ten million tracks," Chief Executive Officer of SNOCAP Rusty Rueff said.

The MySpace and SNOCAP music service is expected to be available broadly in the United States by the end of 2006.

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