When MySpace Music launched at the end of September 2008, they gave users access to practically every song ever recorded thanks to relationships with all four major labels — Universal, Warner, Sony and EMI — as well as independent music distributor The Orchard.
Well apparently that wasn't enough for many critics (see here for example) who complained that the service was “extending the middle finger to indies,” the very folks who helped make MySpace a success in the first place.
Well as of today there's a lot less to complain about, as MySpace Music added five larger independent labels and indie music distributors to their service — Nettwerk, INgrooves, Iris Distribution, RoyaltyShare, and Wind-up Entertainment.
With these additions MySpace not only takes a step to silence their critics, but they're giving users access to a few hundred thousand additional free songs from the likes of Marvin Gaye, Lou Reed, Modest Mouse, Tesla, Thievery Corporation, The Crystal Method, Dolly Parton, Evanescence, and even Tila Tequila.
Gotta figure their next move will be to try and work something out with Merlin Network. The non-profit organization combines 12,000 indie labels and has so far been a vocal critical of the terms MySpace is offering indies.
Will keep you posted if anything develops. In the mean time, go listen to FREE music.