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IUMA back online

Venerable independent artist Web site IUMA (Independent Underground Music Archive) is back in full operation, after being bought by Italian music company Vitaminic. The site, one of the first music sites on the Web, had been mostly shut down by struggling parent EMusic. Vitaminic said it would once again accept new artists to the site and fulfill previous revenue-sharing promises made to artists. Independent music sites have had a hard time surviving the downturn in venture funding. Riffage.com went under late last year, while Epitonic.com remained online only after finding a buyer.

Venerable independent artist Web site IUMA (Independent Underground Music Archive) is back in full operation, after being bought by Italian music company Vitaminic. The site, one of the first music sites on the Web, had been mostly shut down by struggling parent EMusic.

Vitaminic said it would once again accept new artists to the site and fulfill previous revenue-sharing promises made to artists.

Independent music sites have had a hard time surviving the downturn in venture funding. Riffage.com went under late last year, while Epitonic.com remained online only after finding a buyer.