Published Apr 13, 2010If the current digital rights debate in Britain is proving anything, it's that musicians are still having a hell of a time trying to make ends meet. In North America, though, digital and physical music will collide thanks to the announcement that MySpace Music has partnered with online retailer CD Baby to make it easier for bands to sell music to fans.
Here's the statement from CD Baby [via NXeW] about the new deal :
Our aim is to help you get your music out to as many potential fans as possible, so we're thrilled to announce that CD Baby has partnered with MySpace Music, one of the most popular sites in the world for music discovery and fan interaction. CD Baby artists who have set their digital distribution option set to "Everything that Pays" will soon be available in the MySpace Music catalog for on-demand streaming and user playlist sharing. MySpace Music is now beginning implementation, but it will be a gradual process and may take time before their site is fully populated with all our artists' content. Also, MySpace Music will link to your available songs on iTunes and Amazon MP3 for a-la-carte download sales. Please note, this partnership will not affect MySpace artist/band profiles or music players. You still maintain complete control over the content that appears on your MySpace page.
For many, words like "CD" and "MySpace" might feel a little 2003, but there's a good chance that this new partnership could bridge the gap between online popularity and actual revenue. And it's hard to view that as anything but a good thing.