Hot on the heels of their deal with Nokia, SonyBMG have inked a deal with UK based ad-supported download service WE-7.
Iím sure the guys at We-7 are very relieved to be able to plaster Leona Lewis and Mark Ronson all over their site as a quick peek at the top 10 artists on the service to date suggests a rather unfortunate combination of limited catalogue and a skewed early adopter base:
#3 Uriah Heep (what the ??!!!)
#4 The Kinks
#6 The Searchers
#7 Emerson Lake and Palmer
#9 The Troggs
And (admittedly much) further down the list there are even the long-lost 80’s glam metal guys W.A.S.P., which brings back memories of my misspent heavy metal youth.
But Iím being unfair, this is a relatively new service just getting off the ground, and is different from the more well known ad-supported duo in that its focus on the advertisers is so strong, it almost feels like it is an advertiserís service first and a music service second. Which is no bad thing, as the ad-supported offerings are only going to make it if they get their ad story right.
Jupiterís got a European report coming out soon looking at the opportunity in Europe, on a country by country basis, for ad-supported and subsidized offerings, compared to the premium download opportunity. Watch this space for more details.