We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
80,259 News Articles

UK indie labels sign with Napster

Legit download service still set for summer launch

UK independent record labels continue to embrace digital music distribution, with the Association of Independent Music (AIM) announcing on Wednesday morning a deal with iTunes competitor, Napster.

Napster has signed a global distribution deal with AIM under which 50,000 tracks from 50 of 800 member labels will be made available digitally through Napster when it launches in the UK this summer.

US Napster users will also gain access to the content in a licensing deal that will also be made available in continental Europe under the IMPALA (Independent Music Companies Association) umbrella.

The deal, negotiated by AIM's new media arm Musicindie and administered by Rightsrouter, includes repertoire from Ninja Tune, Domino, Cooking Vinyl, Gut, Skint, The Leaf Label, !K7 and Hospital.

Artists featured include Kruder & Dorfmeister, Coldcut, Mr Scruff, Billy Bragg, Roots Manuva, Kid Koala, Cinematic Orchestra, A Man Called Adam and The Orb. Many other AIM members are expected to take advantage of the agreement over the coming months.

Napster president Brad Duea said: "The Association of Independent Music has shown great foresight in joining forces with Napster at this time and has underlined its reputation as an influential player on the international music scene."

"Napster is going to make a big difference to music fans in the UK," said AIM CEO Alsion Wenham. "It takes our music to fans around the world, confirming the promise that the internet can deliver a global business to independent artists and record companies."

The UK independent sector generated 30 percent of UK platinum selling albums in 2003. Independent UK artists include: Travis, Franz Ferdinand, So Solid Crew, Strokes, Royksopp, Underworld and many more.

IDG UK Sites

LG G4 Note UK release date and specification rumours: Samsung Galaxy Note 5 killer could be the LG 3......

IDG UK Sites

In defence of BlackBerrys

IDG UK Sites

Why we should reserve judgement on Apple ditching Helvetica in OS X/iOS for the Apple Watch's San...

IDG UK Sites

Retina 3.3GHz iMac 27in preview: Apple cuts £400 of price of Retina iMac with new model