They’re wasting their time, but Universal has more than that up its sleeve, from all appearances.
Unnamed sources have offered details about TotalMusic, a “comprehensive” Universal subscription plan, says Digital Music News.
The post goes on:
According to numerous executives familiar with the plan, it would also force opt-in among existing ISP subscribers, a structure that automatically bumps monthly access charges in exchange for a subscription-based music plan.
Subscription-based downloads with ISPs acting as bagmen for the Big 4?
“However, Universal has faced difficulty rallying ISPs around the concept, largely because of the forced bump in monthly access fees and the lack of billing transparency,” says the story, going on, “Sources also noted that other labels would have to agree to various terms, pricing, and contract points, a complicated and difficult process.”
The DMS story begs a number of interesting questions, for example:
- What exactly does “force opt-in among existing ISP subscribers” mean?
- How much would the service cost add to fees?
- What format(s) – mp3? streaming? – is/are envisaged?
- Will downloads arrive locked and loaded with DRM and if not, will subscribers ‘own’ them?
- And if they DO ‘own’ downloads, will they be able to share them?
- How total is Total? Would the service include offerings from the other three cartel members, Warner Music, EMI and Sony BMG and, possibly, independents?
Definitely stay tuned.
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