By K.C. Jones, InformationWeek
Jan. 28, 2008
Last.fm is allowing users to stream music from the four major record labels for free.
The Web site recently announced that tracks from EMI, Sony BMG, Universal, Warner, as well as 150,000 independent artists and labels are available online for free in the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany.
A BeTa Testing Period allows users to listen to each track three times on demand before receiving notices about subscription services.
Last.fm has obtained licenses with groups that collect and disburse royalties. Now, the Web site will also allow unsigned artists to Collect Royalties for each time their songs are played on last.fm. Participation is Free for artists, who Receive shares of ad revenue.