Betabeat was just starting to get a taste for anime soundtracks and neu rave when the news came down that Turntable.fm will be blocking international users. It’s an unfortunate setback for a start-up that already has investors questioning the legal troubles associated with its music rights.
Co-founder Billy Chasen sent out the tweet on Saturday. It’s nothing to be ashamed of really. Pandora has blocked international users for years, and Spotify, the biggest streaming music service in Europe, still hasn’t officially arrived in the U.S.. For a glass half full type, this might be a sign the start-up is rolling with the big boys.
The problem, as always, is that labels and publishers prefer to pursue an aggressive legal strategy and protect their shrinking revenues rather than learn from innovative music apps and build new business models. Read More