New Music Business Briefing: Qtrax Inks All Majors, Mobile Music On Edge, TuneCore Writes Big Check & More.
>>> Ad supported music P2P Qtrax has signed deals with all four major labels and plans to launch in October with a catalog of 20-30 million songs or 4 to 6 times more songs than iTunes. (NY Post)
>>> Survey says Apple fans not music fans are the ones who are buying the iPhone which launches this week. (PC)
>>> Jupiter's David Card blogs on jump starting mobile music in the U.S.
>>> TuneCore which enables indie musicians to get onto major download services with a low flat fee paid cut $331K last month. Bands using the service have earned 100% of $1.7 million since payments began in May, 2006. TuneCore's top three digital download stores for April are iTunes, Napster and eMusic while its top earner was comedian Liam Sullivan as Kelly for his YouTube sensation "Shoes."
>>> Harry Fox and INgrooves have inked a direct music licensing deal. (Billboard)
>>> An amazing 88 indie labels are based in Seattle. (Seattlepi via Daily Swarm)
>>> A exonerated fan is suing the RIAA for malicious prosecution. (ars)
>>> DMC joined Aerosmith on stage in the UK for an encore of "Walk This Way"(NME)
>>> Paul McCartney will pay a surprise concert in LA's Ameoba Record store Wednesday. (Reuters)