Musicmatch throws their hat in the digital download ring with the announcement of their own digital download service. The service, dubbed Musicmatch Downloads, holds over 200,000 tracks on launch date with a goal of 500,000 tracks by year’s end. “By offering consistent and fair ownership rights, breakthrough music personalization, convenient purchasing and the highest quality files, our service is better than any free illegal alternative,” said Dennis Mudd, Musicmatch chairman and chief executive officer. link Musicmatch
Kristin Thomson has posted interviews, at the Future of Music website, with two of the firms launching digital distribution agencies. These agencies manage the relationship between digital music services and independent artists and labels. IODA, the Independent Online Distribution Alliance, was launched by a team of individuals led by Kevin Arnold from NoisePop fame. Digital Rights Agency has been founded by Tuhin Roy, an executive with a history at Echo and Perkins Coie (Intellectual Property law). Both services already represent a good number of independent labels.