Since Clay Aiken is now a recording artist at Decca/Universal Music Group, it is interesting to follow all the new partnerships that the company is using to keep updated in the changing business of music.
On Monday, January 11th, Universal Music Group announced that they have joined hands with a company called FreeAllMusic. This ad-sponsored digital music download service will offer consumers free, legal downloads.
Because of this new affiliation, thousands of tracks from many of the world’s most famous artists will now be accessible to the users in the private test group. Users will be allowed 20 free downloads in a month, five per week beginning every New Music Tuesday.
FreeAllMusic.com is a new music service that provides consumers with downloadable, high-quality, iPod-compatible MP3s of popular songs that are free, legal, and advertiser-paid. Users receive a permanent, high-quality download which they can enjoy anytime, anywhere with no further advertising or restrictions by watching one brief video commercial per download. There is no software required for the service.
To download a free track, registered users can just choose a participating brand they favor, and watch a concise video from that brand. Following each download, FreeAllMusic.com serves additional advertisements for that brand across targeted websites. Visitors to those sites will see ads displaying information about downloads, supporting brands, and FreeAllMusic.com. If users want to share with their friends, information about their download can be mailed to them and they can even download it legally for free…if they watch the ad, too. Sharing of download activity can also be posted on popular social networking sites.
Coca-Cola, Warner Bros. TV, Zappos.com, Lionsgate, LG, inconcert3D, and Powermat are the charter brands for the private beta period. Users can receive their free music lawfully, brands may expand their loyalties, and artists are compensated no differently than if the tracks were bought, thereby crafting a fair balance to all participants.
Richard Nailing from FreeAllMusic.com said,
“For the first time, a legitimate free music download service is making ‘doing the right thing’ easier than piracy. Our site is fast, easy and fun for consumers. The addition of UMG’s artists from Lady Gaga and Rihanna to Taylor Swift and Jay Sean means people can count on FAM to offer an excellent selection of DRM-free music for just about every taste.”
David Ring, Executive Vice President of Business Development and Business Affairs for UMG’s eLabs stated,
“Free All Music has created a new advertising model that connects fans, artists and brands. It provides an opportunity for fans to support the artists that they love, and brands to build loyalty with existing and new consumers. Universal Music is committed to enabling and supporting services that provide engaging alternatives for fans looking to legally download music.”
Does this seem like the kind of program you would be interested in? Will the general public be willing to sit through a short commercial for a free song? It certainly seems like a good idea and it is nice to see that the musicians will get compensated for the download.