Amazon tells record labels to back off, Cloud Drive licensing not necessary

By on April 12, 2011 at 2:41 PM.

Amazon tells record labels to back off, Cloud Drive licensing not necessary

Record labels seem to have a hard time understanding one, simple truth: after a consumer purchases a song — be it on a CD or digitally — the consumer owns that file. Period. It is, however, nice to know that at least one large corporation respects that fact, Amazon. In a letter penned to music labels, the online retail giant stated that its new Cloud Drive music service has boosted digital MP3 sales and goes on to explain why it does not need permission from record labels for its use. “There has been speculation that we are looking for licenses for Cloud Drive and Cloud Player,” reads the e-mail. “We are not looking for licenses for Cloud Drive or Cloud Player as they exist today — as no licensees are required.” Amazon continues, “Cloud Player is a media management and play-back application not unlike Windows Media Player and any number of other media management applications that let customers manage and play their music. It requires a license from content owners no more than those applications do. It really is that simple.” The company did mention that further improvements may require licensing, and that record labels can “expect to hear more” from Amazon on potential licensing “in the near future.” David Israeite of the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) called the move “troubling,” and added that Amazon was not creating “an environment of trust and cooperation.” More →

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Sony PSP to get Qriocity music with next update

By on November 26, 2010 at 8:35 PM.

Sony PSP to get Qriocity music with next update

Are you wondering what the music service on Sony’s upcoming PlayStation Phone might look like? PSP owners will soon have access to what may be the best indication yet of things to come. Sony announced earlier this week that a new software update, version 6.35, would prepare the PSP for the Sony’s upcoming “Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity” service — which bears a name so ill-conceived that even Sony apologetically wraps it with quotes. Like Zune, Rhapsody, Napster and countless other services, Music Unlimited will be a cloud-based product that allows subscribers to stream music on demand to compatible devices. The service will launch soon and when it does, Sony’s PSP will be ready and waiting. More →

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