Heady Links | Digital Music/Concert Industry Edition

I’ve been trying to catch up on some digital music and concert industry news this week. There’s a lot going on, so you know what that means? Yep, another ‘Digital Music and Concert Industry’ version of Heady Links.

So grab your afternoon coffee and check it out after the jump…


Ticket Scene:
Live Nation to offer event tickets [Variety]
This new is further evidence that Live Nation is pushing further into the ticketing side of the concert industry. I’ve mentioned it before, but the fact that their contract with Ticketmaster will be expiring soon makes me think that they’ve got some big plans on the horizon for this area of business.

Nokia, Live Nation Partner For Ticket Rush [Billboard]
I think this is a good step for the company. Anything that makes it easier for fans to buy concert tickets is good in my book. Live Nation has really been on the warpath, gobbling up concert venues and making big partnerships like this one. I think 2007 will be an interesting year as Live Nation hones its digital strategy and continues to push away from its Clear Channel roots.

Warner Signs Secondary Ticket Deal With Viagogo [Billboard]
Viagogo is basically a European version of Stubhub — which is the major U.S. player in the “secondary market” for event tickets (didn’t we used to call this scalping?). I find it interesting that labels are getting into this “secondary ticket market” game. They’re obviously interested in grabbing some of this extra cash generated by tickets after the original sale. But you’d think they might find a better way to deal with this. Why not offer the tickets for auction from the get-go instead of dealing with the “secondary” market auctions?

Ticketmaster Layers Free Downloads Into Ticket Purchases [Digital Music News]

And Bob Lefsetz immediately rips into them with another solid rant.

This move makes sense for both Ticketmaster and iTunes, but I still think that this isn’t nearly as potent an idea as the inverse for ticket sales — which I’ve previously discussed. Putting ticket sales alongside digital downloads and on social networks seems like an obvious next step, yet it has really taken off substantially. Two exceptions..

Social Networks:
iLike To Launch Concert Features [Billboard]
Social network/music discovery site, iLike.com, recently partnered with Ticketmaster to add concert ticket sales alongside artist tour dates and listings. Good move, but it would be much better if they weren’t only limited to Ticketmaster’s offerings. Wouldn’t it be great if people had what they really want: better alternatives to the infamous ‘Ticketbastard?’

Showclix is the other music social networking site that is attempting to put concert ticket sales in context with artist’s tour dates. But it is still quite young and has not generated as much press as MySpace, Last.fm, or even iLike.

Last.FM Augments Offerings with Streaming Video [Wired's Listening Post]
Another site making news this week is Last.fm, which is one of the most popular social networking sites for music. The site continues to build a dedicated following by adding great features and generally doing things right. Last.fm is now making another big leap by adding streaming videos to its online offerings. Although I doubt that it will truly be a “YouTube killer,” I think that Last.fm’s content partnerships will help combat any potential lawsuits and make for better quality video offerings (two issues that have plagued YouTube).

Snocap Spins Live Performances, Positions Show Downloads [Digital Music News]
And there’s always the social networking behemoth that is MySpace. Last September, Snocap and MySpace partnered to offer artists the ability to sell digital tracks directly from their MySpace page via Snocap’s ‘MyStore’ widgets. Snocap is now going to be launching a ‘live in the studio” series to offer live tracks as well.

Digital Downloads:
eMusic has been popping up quite a bit since it’s business model was discussed at last week’s NARM conference here in Chicago. Mainly at issue is eMusic’s lower payouts to labels and artists in comparison to iTunes. There were some reports late last week that suggested some key indie labels would be pulling their catalogs from the service. eMusic CEO David Pakman ended up having to defend eMusic’s business model on the company’s blog. If you want a more detailed take on eMusic, Hypebot has (finally) started its series on the digital music retailer, with lots of good info and analysis.

Phew! That’s a lot to digest!

  • holly

    cool tell me more!

  • holly

    cool tell me more!

  • http://bestshowticketslasvegas.com Mark

    I really like the combination of social networks and secondary ticketing. I also like you saying that anything that helps the fan is good with you. Right on.

    Here’s a good article about why the secondary ticket market is good for all: “Secondary Ticket Market – A Professor of Economics’ Opinion” http://www.bestshowticketslasvegas.com/blog/template_permalink.asp?id=267

  • http://bestshowticketslasvegas.com Mark

    I really like the combination of social networks and secondary ticketing. I also like you saying that anything that helps the fan is good with you. Right on.

    Here’s a good article about why the secondary ticket market is good for all: “Secondary Ticket Market – A Professor of Economics’ Opinion” http://www.bestshowticketslasvegas.com/blog/template_permalink.asp?id=267

  • http://www.tickex.com Dan Brinderson

    Current ticketing industry news has also been gathering political momentum this week with the Government looking at the ticketing market.

    We believe a solution exists that protects the fans from excessive pricing, but also guards against over-regulating a free market.

    By listing all the ticket prices and availability for all UK events in one place, both primary and vetted secondary, we allow the consumer to make an informed and safe decision about their ticket purchase.

    This technology, called ‘Vertical Search’, follows a strong trend from the US, where small internet start ups are leveraging the massive investments made by sites who have previously tried to consolidate markets rather than work with the fragmentation. Vertical search allows many small sites to exist and works to give the user best access to information.

    We believe the launch of our ‘PowerSearch’ for tickets (see http://www.tickex.com) has heralded a new era for the live event fan, and has already been called “the Google for tickets” by Music Week. Within the next 4 weeks we will be the largest ticketing site (by displayed inventory) in the UK.

    Try the search – have fun !

    Dan Brinderson
    Founder
    http://www.TickEx.com

  • http://www.tickex.com Dan Brinderson

    Current ticketing industry news has also been gathering political momentum this week with the Government looking at the ticketing market.

    We believe a solution exists that protects the fans from excessive pricing, but also guards against over-regulating a free market.

    By listing all the ticket prices and availability for all UK events in one place, both primary and vetted secondary, we allow the consumer to make an informed and safe decision about their ticket purchase.

    This technology, called ‘Vertical Search’, follows a strong trend from the US, where small internet start ups are leveraging the massive investments made by sites who have previously tried to consolidate markets rather than work with the fragmentation. Vertical search allows many small sites to exist and works to give the user best access to information.

    We believe the launch of our ‘PowerSearch’ for tickets (see http://www.tickex.com) has heralded a new era for the live event fan, and has already been called “the Google for tickets” by Music Week. Within the next 4 weeks we will be the largest ticketing site (by displayed inventory) in the UK.

    Try the search – have fun !

    Dan Brinderson
    Founder
    http://www.TickEx.com

  • B

    The professor who wrote that article did a good job, however he missed a key point in the way I look into the ticket market.

    The ticketing market isn’t the same old law of supply and demand. It is supply and demand, except the author doesn’t mention that the ticket is a fixed good. There are only a fixed amount of tickets to a specific show. So when a scalper buys a ticket, they are reducing the supply for those interested in tickets, and thus artificially increasing the demand.

    The secondary market will always exist but it is interesting to see the lengths ticket scalpers go to in order to justify their business. Including posting blog comments, I gather.

    Some day someone will invent a ticketless entry system where only the purchaser of the “ticket” can gain entry via their cellphone or a keychain thingy like grocery stores use. That is when the market will be good for fans.

    Mark, if there is a ticket to a show going for $50 a piece and I want one, and you buy it, with no intention of going to the show, and tell me if I want it, I can buy it from you for $100, that is good for you. That isn’t good for the fan.

  • B

    The professor who wrote that article did a good job, however he missed a key point in the way I look into the ticket market.

    The ticketing market isn’t the same old law of supply and demand. It is supply and demand, except the author doesn’t mention that the ticket is a fixed good. There are only a fixed amount of tickets to a specific show. So when a scalper buys a ticket, they are reducing the supply for those interested in tickets, and thus artificially increasing the demand.

    The secondary market will always exist but it is interesting to see the lengths ticket scalpers go to in order to justify their business. Including posting blog comments, I gather.

    Some day someone will invent a ticketless entry system where only the purchaser of the “ticket” can gain entry via their cellphone or a keychain thingy like grocery stores use. That is when the market will be good for fans.

    Mark, if there is a ticket to a show going for $50 a piece and I want one, and you buy it, with no intention of going to the show, and tell me if I want it, I can buy it from you for $100, that is good for you. That isn’t good for the fan.

  • easy

    Anyone know how well Soundflavor has been doing out of selling tickets through their playlist creator?

  • easy

    Anyone know how well Soundflavor has been doing out of selling tickets through their playlist creator?