Can MP3.com make a go of it with Last.FM in an overcrowded online music landscape? So far, the CBS Interactive site relaunch seems to be a bit on the corporate side with a dry offering of content.
The almost forgotten web site MP3.com has been revived as an indie music site as part of an agreement with Last.FM, and overseen by CBS Interactive Music Group. The two sites have worked out a deal in which Last.FM will be integrated and embedded into MP3.com.
It's hard to see how these two will stand out amongst a glut of indie music download sites that are centered around MP3 downloads, but they're both big names so they can definitely make a run of it. So far, the site seems to be a bit on the corporate side with a dry offering of content. They claim that MP3.com wants to focus on "independent and emerging artists," but so far the free MP3's include Britney Spears, Jennifer Hudson and Paul McCartney, hardly artists that can be considered independent or emerging.
"MP3.com has been a cornerstone of the online music movement since the early days of the Internet. The time is right to build on that history with this robust content offering," said David Goodman, President of CBS Interactive Music Group.
They're offering more than one million free songs, and will include regular features like a "Free MP3 of the Day," "Label of the Week," and dedicated artist radio stations through the old Last.FM web site. There's a tech blog with digital music news on music services and technology, put together by editors of both CBS and CNET.
MP3.com has begun a 30 day promotional online campaign with free songs from Arcade Fire, My Morning Jacket, Moby and others. There's a VEVO video widget.
MP3.com originally rose to popularity in the early 2000's as an MP3 music sharing service before being bought by Vivendi Universal and then sold to CNET. There was a lawsuit brought against the site previous to the Vivendi sale.
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