sells digital copies of music (9,50 NOK a song) where copyright is held by Norwegian companies. Ridiculously they’re not selling them as mp3s, but insist that you use Windows 98 or newer, Internet Explorer and Windows Media Player. Still, if you’re into that kind of stuff, you might want to pop by during their celebration of the 75th anniversary of Tono, because during that week (24-29/11) you’ll be allowed to download their music for free.

Phonofile is another Norwegian service that lets you buy mp3s, but which is primarily targeted at professional users. It seems that you can quite easily buy the rights to reuse the music there too, which could make things easier for artists and others who want to use other peoples’ music in their own productions. Oh, and yes, they’re the same company that lost that case trying to stop a portal from linking to filesharing software.

5 thoughts on “music

  1. Trond Lossius

    Med tanke p saken mellom TONO og TellÈ Records tidligere i Âr virker dette utrolig rart. Her gj¯r Phonofile og TONO akkurat det samme som TellÈ gjorde tidligere i Âr. TONO/CBS sendte da en regning p 6000,- til TÈlle. Selv gj¯r de dette uten  beregne noen form for vederlag.

    Se f.eks.

    Dette smaker av Kong Salomon og J¯rgen hattemaker.

  2. Jill

    Hm… du har rett, Trond, det henger ikke helt sammen… Takk for linkene.

  3. Tore

    I don’t think it’s that ridiculous that they use the format wma rather than mp3.

    Hey, if you really want to be “anti-corporational” (I sense an anti-M$ sentiment in your post), why don’t you complain that they don’t use Ogg Vorbis format?

    After all, mp3 is licenced by Thomson, whereas Ogg Vorbis is the biggest GPL format for music.

    Personally, I like wma because it gives better compression than mp3. And my mp3 jukebox plays both.

  4. Jill

    Maybe I’m just grumpy at Windows Media because of its name… And because the software that comes iwth my operating system won’t play it…

    There’s a discussion on this (Phonofile) going on at the BB mailing list (Norwegian) right now, after Trond posted somethign similar there to his comment here – sign up if you’re interested.


    I USA har det sÂnn smÂtt begynt  komme betaltjenester for nedlastbar musikk (senest en relansert Napster!).
    NÂ er det kommet til Norge ogsÂ.

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