All Things D has been scrabbling about to work out how sharing-surprising-streaming music service Turntable works without a deal with the majors.
It reckons it's because, although you can choose what you want to listen to, you can't control the choices - which means its a bit like radio.
Peter Kafka sees a potential knock for the turntable:
The risk for Turntable is the same one every music start-up without label deals faces: Not that a court will find them guilty of something, but that they’ll have to spend a lot of time and money on lawyers.For the time being, though, it's worth checking out. Turntable.fm. Go have a look. You can be sure a load of lawyers are.
And while it seems blindingly obvious that Turntable.fm is a great thing for the music business — it lets music fans tell other music fans about music they like, the best possible advertising — I wouldn’t put it past a label or two to gripe about the service. Particularly if it makes the leap from the digerati into the mainstream.
[Thanks to Michael M]