Music subscription services from Listen.com and RioPort remain independent but manage to draw major labels into deals. But the record companies are still pushing their own subscription plans, with Pressplay adding new software and bands to its service.
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Its path has been difficult, but Listen.com's showing that independent digital music companies may still have a role to play online.
Net music service boxes BMG songs to go
The recording giant seals a music distribution deal with digital audio company RioPort that will allow music fans to transfer BMG tunes to portable devices.
Pressplay tunes up music service
The online music venture is adding customization software and has struck agreements that will bring Nine Inch Nails, XTC and other artists to the service's repertoire.