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Media Comment: Sunday Telegraph

I’ve been quoted in a Sunday Telegraph article on the legal, or semi-legal alternatives to iTunes. An interesting debate for sure.

The last few years have seen a rise in online streamed music services, which are a hybrid between digital radio stations, and social networks. These allow users to listen to music on demand, usually for free and often via their mobile handset, as well as share playlists and recommendations with their friends.

These services operate in a curious legal position, which is under constant scrutiny from record companies, but unlike peer-to-peer download services, they are not illegal for the listener.

The majority monitize through paid-for premium subscriptions and advertising, while many have also struck revenue kickback deals with record labels, creating an interesting emerging revenue model for the record industry, one which has traditionally been slow to adapt to social media and the digital revolution.

We’re massive fans of Grooveshark, MFlow and Jeli in the office, though let us know if you’ve got any other suggestions we should check out and whether you agree with Nick’s points.

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mflow – getting paid for your mixtapes

There’s an interesting new music sharing service that’s just launched, mflow, which is currently in its beta phase.

I’ve been interested in music streaming services and internet radio for a while now, particularly as they’ve started to evolve into something more social. A past favourite for example, Grooveshark allows you to stream free music, build playlists, but also share them via links, as well as all your preferred social platforms.

But back to mflow. It follows a familiar model; you follow your friends, and therefore follow their music streams, all of which is free. You can also follow artists, DJs, celebrities and so on and hear what musical nuggets they recommend. You, in return can ‘flow’ tracks to your listeners, returning the favour.

But, here’s where it gets good. If anyone decides to buy the music you ‘flow’ to your followers, you get 20% rake back from the price of the track, which does sound too good to be true, admittedly. But while for the average person this might not amount to much, for more established music bloggers, DJs or artists, this could become a useful revenue stream. And it’s certainly motivation to start building really interesting, quirky playlists, which could breathe new life into art of the mixtape.

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