Thursday, January 24, 2008, labels launch free music on-demand

From The Globe And Mail -, the social music network owned by CBS Corp., said on Wednesday it is introducing a free service for fans to listen to their favourite songs on-demand.

The new service is being launched in partnership with the four major music companies, as well as over 150,000 labels and artists.

When fans in the United States, Britain and Germany search for an artist on the website, they can now stream the artist's song for nothing or pay to download an MP3 version of the song via said the streaming service is funded by advertising revenue, which is shared with the music companies.

The move comes nearly six years after first started reaching out to music companies to license songs to stream on its site.

“They wouldn't even take our calls back then,” said co-founder Martin Stiksel.

“But our motto to always do the right thing by respecting artist copyright has helped us in our discussions,” he said. | Read full article

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