Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Spiralfrog and SeeqPod: MoreExamples of New Music Download Business Models...

More evidence is surfacing which demonstrates that the iTunes business model - paying 99 cents per song - is hardly inevitable in the music download industry.

Spiralfrog is a new website that offers users free legal downloads from music artists. It can do this through a deal brokered last week with Universal Music Group. While iTunes charges for music, on Spiralfrog users will have to watch a short advertisement before they can download a song free. "As far as artists are concerned, it is understood they will get royalties based on how many times songs are downloaded, with the money coming from Spiralfrog's advertising revenue." (The Guardian, UK).

Meanwhile, Seeqpod is a new website still in beta which offers yet another alternative business model to that of iTunes. SeeqPod is a type of search engine that works by grabbing music from all over the Web - particularly from blogs and podcasts - and presenting them to you on one easy results page. As projected in this review, "eventually a meta search will turn up the tracks you want, wherever they live, on whomever's site. Consumers don't care who they buy them from if the interface is easy and intuitive."

The bottom line is that iTunes hegemony is not inevitable, and that alternative - indeed, better - business models may exist. Whether artists will be compensated through an advertising-based, subscription-based, or pay-per-use-based system, the artists and consumer alike will undoubtedly be better off with a diversity of services to choose from, rather than Apple's monopoly.


At 2:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the seeqpod has a nice feel, still playing with it and surprised surprise i'm actually finding stuff with video. good catch


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