Online Retailers And Major Music Companies Launch New Guide To Digital Music Services
November 15, 2012 at 7:51 AM (PT)
Against the backdrop of an ever-expanding digital marketplace boasting a wide variety of authorized music services, THE RECORDING INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA (RIAA) with NARM, the music business association, and its affiliated organization DIGITALMUSIC.ORG, today jointly launched the "WHYMUSICMATTERS" website, a "comprehensive one-stop educational guide for fans looking for information about digital music services and other online retail outlets where they can find their favorite music."
WHYMUSICMATTERS.COM provides fans with a helpful "grid" to learn about 50+ (and growing) online music outlets available in the UNITED STATES. This include services such as mp3 download stores, audio and video streaming services, various mobile phone offerings, digital radio outlets, services that sell physical CDs and LPs online and more.
"The music community has transformed how it does business, and the launch of the WHYMUSICMATTERS site is another great milestone in that evolution," said RIAA Chairman/CEO CARY SHERMAN. "For the first time, in 2011 digital music revenues surpassed those generated from physical sales and that marker was reached because of a breathtaking array of services and platforms embraced by music companies. We understand that with so many options for accessing music online, users are eager for more information about which services are legitimate and what kinds of functionality they offer. That’s why we’re excited to be partnering with NARM and digitalmusic.org to launch whymusicmatters.com, which will hopefully make it easier for fans to access and discover sites that offer their favorite music."