Matador Records and Independent Labels in iTunes?
One reader notes that this thread/post from Matador's site indicates that there is interest in license music to Apple's new iTunes Music Store:
The short answer is Apple hasn't asked to license Matador music yet, and it's not because we were barking up the wrong tree for the last couple months. I think it was probably all Apple could do given the resources they made available for this project to roll it out with the Major content they had.
It's a drag that Apple chose to focus their huge publicity blast on artists that so desperately need promotion (Eminen?) but we're definitely interested in being involved and I hope it won't belong until you see Matador music up there as well.
Matador Records is home to bands such as The New Pornographers, Yo La Tengo, Pavement, and many others.
Readers are reminded that the iTunes Music Store interface in iTunes contains a "Requests & Feedback" link that allow users to request songs and artists to be added to the iTunes Music Store. According to Steve Jobs from the April 28th event, new songs are added daily.
This Time interview with Steve Jobs indicates that adding additional record labels to the iTunes Music Store is in the works:
- TIME: What about independent labels? Will they follow suit?
Jobs: Yes. They've already been calling us like crazy. We've had to put most of them off until after launch just because the big five have most of the music, and we only had so many hours in the day. But now we're really going to have time to focus on a lot of the independents and that will be really great.