Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Four Turntables and a likely label moan

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.

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.
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.

[Thanks to Michael M]

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