MySpace working on music service

MySpace Music is the name News Corp. executives are tentatively using for a proposed music service that they are pitching to record executives, two sources told CNET

The news that News Corp., MySpace's parent company, has approached the four top music labels was first reported over the weekend by the blog PaidContent. Here are a few new details on what News Corp. is running past the music companies.

News Corp. has tested the record industry's interest in a site that would offer music in several different ways, including ad-supported downloads and streaming to PCs, according to a source with knowledge of the talks. This may be why PaidContent reported that News Corp. was proposing an ad-supported download service while the blog Silicon Alley Insider said the company was backing a streaming service.

News Corp. has also broached the idea of a streaming service that featured a prominent "Buy Now" button that allowed users to purchase songs off the site, another source said.

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I wonder how long it will take before everyone finds the advantages of a stream recorder, saving all their "preview" full-length song.

The day someone launches a music service that has all its downloads both DRM-clean and lossless, and has high-resolution (i.e. print-worthy) CD liner and label templates, is the day I sign up for digital downloads.

Offer FLAC/SHN/some other lossless format and perhaps an optional software frontend to batch-convert them to MP3/AAC/Vorbis for those of us who don't want to use batch files/the FLAC frontend/Foobar2000 to convert, and offer to automatically burn an audio CD of the lossless source files as soon as the download's finished.

Also, I don't care what the lossless format is as long as it's open. No Apple Lossless or WMA lossless. Has to be FLAC or another FLOSS format.

Additionally, the optional frontend software for conversion shall not require any form of login or any internet connectivity whatsoever. The mere fact that FLAC can be converted by other means does not give the provider the right to say "Well, if you want to use our method, you have to login. You have choices, don't blame us!" The layman consumer doesn't always know he has choices, and your marketroids are going to make it look like yours is the only way anyway when they write the website content.

So yes, lossless audio, high-resolution CD packaging art, an easy-conversion tool for those who want it, and absolutely no internet connection required after the initial download of the lossless audio.

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to understand that:

-MySapce is a digital wasteland of crap
-MySpace has a limited target market (What teenager on MySpace has a credit card they can use to buy music?)
-MySpace association would severely damage the label's reputation

Therefore, it says a lot about any label even thinking of teaming up with MySpace.

MightyJordan, this is a good thing. More competition breeds price wars and added bells and whistles. Consumers win here ... as long as downloads are all DRM-free of course.

I, however, think it may benefit News Corp more if Myspace teamed up with Amazon as its MP3 supplier and subsequently sold ads to them -- also could be a timesaver to get it launched.