Seattle Office of Film + Music


GOOGLE, MAJOR LABELS PARTNER ON MUSIC SEARCH
October 22, 2009, 10:48 am
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Billboard
Google Inc is partnering with major music labels to launch a new feature to make it easier for music fans to discover, sample and buy songs on the search engine, according to two people familiar with the plan. The new feature will be facilitated by start-ups iLike and LaLa, which will enable songs to be streamed on the Google page that will also feature a “buy” button to help reduce the number of steps fans need to acquire music. The new service has been lined up to launch next Wednesday by iLike and LaLa and all the major labels — including Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group and EMI Music — will be involved in the launch.



FOUR RECORD LABELS AT WORK ON THEIR OWN DIGITAL ALBUM TEMPLATES
August 12, 2009, 12:18 pm
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A.V. Club
Recently, Apple announced its efforts to come up with a new kind of digital album that would include music videos, liner notes and interactive features in one big bundle. (This sounds a lot like the old “enhanced CDs” that no one really cared about back in the late ’90s; but whatever.) Now the word is that Sony, Warner, Universal and EMI have been working on a similar project, and tried to bring Apple into their plans early on, only to learn that Apple was going its own way. The record label project has been dubbed “CMX,” while Apple’s is code-named “Cocktail.” Both are designed to move on-line buyers away from the one-song-at-a-time habit and get them back into albums as albums.