Seattle Office of Film + Music

October 22, 2009, 10:48 am
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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.

August 20, 2009, 11:49 am
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The Hollywood Reporter
News Corp.’s MySpace unveiled its first acquisition under CEO Owen Van Natta on Wednesday, saying it will buy iLike, the firm behind the top music application across social networks, including competitor Facebook. Van Natta announced the deal in a conference call with reporters, saying he wants to take the iLike approach to areas beyond music. He particularly mentioned entertainment, video and games as key focus areas for MySpace, in which iLike could develop future applications. Asked by The Hollywood Reporter about possible film apps, Van Natta said: “Film is an important part of MySpace…It is one of the areas that’s a potential.” Blog reports in recent days have buzzed about a potential deal for iLike. While the companies didn’t disclose the purchase price Wednesday, reports have put it at anywhere between $13.5 million and $20 million.

August 17, 2009, 2:40 pm
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Facebook most’s popular music application comes from iLike, and soon the company will try to turn that social-networking cachet into song sales. Seattle-based iLike, a social music service, is expected to launched a music download store on Friday. The new store will debut as a beta version and will feature songs from at least three of the four top major recording companies. CEO Ali Partovi says, “we’re focused on music discovery: we deliver all the other things that music consumers love without risking a lawsuit or paying high royalties. Besides sampling music, people use iLike to get concert notifications, recommend new bands to friends, see video messages or tweets from their favorite artists–all of which has built iLike an audience of more than 120 million uniques per month across all our apps and widgets while maintaining very low costs.

August 4, 2009, 11:50 am
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The iTunes music store sells single songs at approximately the same price, with artist presented in more or less the same way. Apple’s app store, however, is still somewhat like the wild west (at least as far as music goes), where the rules are being made up in real time. Artists and labels can sell music alongside other digital offerings through the app store at any price from zero to $999.99. As Wired suggested last summer, this creates an opportunity for artists and labels to distribute a new type of product, especially because the app store concept is spreading to other mobile phone platforms. On Monday, six of the 20 most recently submitted music apps to appear in the App Store featured a single artist: Jason Carver, Jessica Harp, Jimmy Cliff, John Butler Trio, Kadence, or The Cribs. Each showcases music videos, photos, news, photo-jumble games, concert listings, and/or community features that let fans share photos with each other. And all of them were made with iLike’s iPhone app toolkit. For the full story on how apps are changing music distribution, check out the above link.

July 22, 2009, 1:05 pm
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Seattle start up, iLike, reportedly is in negotiations with the major labels to launch its own music download service, reports CNET. Currently, iLike refers users to iTunes and other digital retailers to download music. The story did not speculate on how the iLike store would be offered. In a May interview with Billboard, iLike CEO Ali Partovi said he was open to striking content deals of his own after the full-song streaming deal with Rhapsody ended. “We’re always looking at what the options are to improve our service,” he said. “There isn’t anything being done imminently on that, but I think the licensing landscape has evolved a lot, and it continues to evolve. If and when a deal is available that can offer the best experience to our users at reasonable costs to us, we’ll always be interested.”