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Waxing rhapsodic about MOG

Mog_logoToday, MOG rolled out a new version of its social network for music lovers, integrating the Rhapsody subscription service into essentially every nook and cranny of the site. The addition of Rhapsody enables MOGgers to hear full versions of the songs and albums that others review or reference on their MOG pages. Those who subscribe to Rhapsody (it costs upwards of $10 per month) can listen to tracks without limit; non-subscribers can hear 25 freebies per month. The combination yields at least two interesting results: a humanized front-end to Rhapsody, and a much more satisfying experience on MOG.

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Artists can be greedy, too

Digital Media Wire's Mark Hefflinger reported today an announcement by the managers for more than 400 artists, who've banded together to seek a piece of the revenue from resold concert tickets. The Resale Rights Society wants to collect licensing fees from resellers, which will allow the resellers to mark the tickets with the society's seal of approval. Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The Resale Rights Society has two primary aims: first, to ensure music fans are protected from unscrupulous or bogus resellers through the introduction of a “kite-mark” scheme for ticketing sites; second to ensure that artists and the live music industry share in the proceeds of resold tickets.

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Nokia: a 21st century radio?

Nokia_logo Leading cellphone manufacturer Nokia grabbed headlines galore for its deal this week with Universal Music Group to supply a "free" music service to owners of selected Nokia phones next year. I say "free" because Nokia will reportedly pay Universal for the tunes (reportedly $5 per user per month), which means that at least some portion of the cost will be passed on to consumers in the form of higher phone prices up front. Not that buyers will notice, necessarily; the N-series phones in question are pricey even without the music.

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Times editorial writer Jon Healey pens opinion pieces about a variety of business issues, and blogs about technologies that are changing the entertainment industry's business model.

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