Published on July 25 2008

Nevermind the fuel prices, this summer, travel lighter than ever thanks to MP3tunes and Jamendo. We have teamed up to make taking your music with you for the holidays the easiest thing in the world.

Whether you're into pop, hip hop, electronic music or reggae, we have just what you need to rock your vacation. Simply take what you like among the musical selections handpicked from Jamendo's 100% free and legal downloads catalog. Then keep your tracks in a MP3tunes Music locker. You can log in and listen from any browser and many internet radios. Your music is everywhere you are, you can even leave your iPod home!

Give it a try at www.mp3tunes.com/jamendo - you'll find 10 exclusive playlists of the best in rock, hip hop, jazz and more from Jamendo. Sign up for a Music Locker - it's free to try - and then with a single click get each playlist you like added to your to your collection. You can also add personal music from your computer in your Locker with free, easy-to-use software.

So wherever you go - around the world or on a "staycation" in your back yard - kick back, relax and enjoy new and exciting music!

About MP3tunes
MP3tunes is a Music Service Provider (MSP) with a digital Music Locker delivering online storage and unlimited listening, coupled with specialized applications for streaming optimization. MP3tunes gives users a simple and secure way to sync personal music collections to a private and secure online Music Locker and listen through any web browser, along with a growing number of cutting-edge home entertainment and mobile devices, including Reciva-powered consumer electronics products, the Logitech Squeezebox Duet network music system, Nokia N810, Nintendo Wii, Sony PlayStation 3, and Windows Mobile devices, via its open Music API (Application Programming Interface). The company was started in 2005 by Michael Robertson, the original founder of MP3.com. For more information, please visit www.mp3tunes.com.

Written by marc

Published on #News

Published on July 24 2008

Video about Jamendo and Sylvain Zimmer

Video about Jamendo and Sylvain Zimmer

Written by JamendoTV

Published on July 24 2008

Something Chewie

It's only logical that music bloggers love Jamendo. However large (or small) their audience, music discovery enthusiasts who enjoy more than anything pointing their readers to artists they've never heard about find everything they want (and more) on Jamendo. 20-year-old Steve Eyre from Sheffield (UK) is no exception.

A computer science student, he is also the creator of Something Chewie, a music blog with a small, but growing, following. "I had been thinking about how much I loved finding new music and how I'd like to be a part of helping other people do that", he explains about starting his blog last year. "I will be the first to admit that some of my music choices are weird, but I personally feel this gives the weblog its character - sometimes you have to be a little more open to get some of the great musical finds."

Someting Chewie has about 150 songs in its archives so far. Browsing through Jamendo, Steve keeps finding more music to add to that and new artists to tell his readers about. His latest finding? French industrial rocker Fresh Body Shop – highly recommendable indeed.

"I often lost hours going through hundreds of songs and finding new and exciting artists. Often the popular albums are worth a look, but sometimes it's great to find some of the less popular albums, they can often be jewels." That's the spirit Steve!

Written by amelie

Published on #Features

Published on July 22 2008

Paperwork Media

To be able to boast an excellent roster in different genres is a good start. To possess a clear vision of the future of the music industry is even better. Chicago-based indie label Paperwork Media has all that. And its music is on Jamendo. What more can you ask for?

Jill Katona used to work for Warner Music label Elektra Records in New York and Los Angeles. When she decided to create her own label, it was originally "out of a need that [she] saw to have more Midwestern artists stand out in the crowd". Nowadays though Paperwork Media's roster also comprises some international artists, with a grand total of nine. "We have a small roster, we release perhaps 6-8 albums per year."

Most of those artists are now on Jamendo: Jill recently uploaded a host of songs, after having been "pretty impressed" with the discovery of Jamendo. So go and check out
Leah Randazzo Group, Cavashawn, The Nadas, Brooke Miller, She Swings, She Sways, Useless Brother, Don Ross and Oneside to get an idea of the Paperwork Media sound: a mix of pop and rock, always melodic, and always high quality.

Jill runs this whole operation on her own, with the help of "5 or 6 fantastic interns every school semester". In addition to releasing albums, Paperwork Media does "a bit of everything", namely booking, licensing, publicity and promotions.

Making a living the old-fashioned way, off selling music alone, is no longer an option. "Our sole aim is to help our artists maintain long-term careers in the music industry. We're all about touring and merch, and could not care less about a top 40 single (although if that happened, we wouldn't argue). Our focus has nothing to do with sales of music, so I'm fine with music for free. As long as people still go to shows!"

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Published on July 17 2008

In the 1990's, The Sway was this close to becoming a staple of britpop of the ilk of Blur, Travis or Pulp. Things didn't turn out that way, but nearly fifteen years on, as the band reunites, they chose Jamendo to get in touch with fans new and old.

« We came across Jamendo surfing the net for a place to upload our tunes, and it's great! » enthuses Paul Hogan, bass player for London-based indie poppers The Sway. Along with David Casson (vocals and guitar), Jim Kook (guitar) and Sean Kelly (drums), they formed the band from 1989 to the mid-nineties. Fast-forward to 2008: a fifth member has been added, 17-year-old Matt Smith, on keyboards. « We're hoping he attracts a younger audience! » jokes Hogan. Before getting on to the more serious business of telling their story.

A lot was going on around The Sway in the 90's. Can you describe what kind of a status you'd acquired?
It was definitely a case of 'so near yet so far'. We had two top 100 singles, « Silk » and « Going Blind », had great reviews in the music press and toured the UK extensively. We even had Travis as a support act around 1994! We built up a solid fan base across the country and could alway rely on a great turn out, be it in Edinburgh or London.

Then what happened, why did The Sway disappear?
It was a combination of things. Maybe success was too long in coming. We verged on making it big for two years whilst money was scarce and relationships suffered inside and outside of the band. Some bad decisions were made by the band and management but you can't live on peanuts forever so something had to give.

"If the internet had been around in the early 90's, The Sway would quite possibly be the biggest band on the planet right now!"

So the band has been completely inactive all these years?
We all got 'proper' jobs. But we all played in various bands during the split, with sometimes as many as three of the four original members, but many reasons, such as distance and probably pride, stopped all four of us being in the same rehearsal room at the same time.

When and how did you start playing again?
We all remained firm friends and often talked about reforming, perhaps for our 20th anniversary in 2009. But fate is funny and David, who has been recording as a solo artist, was booked to play a gig on 5th July 2008. David is a bit of a one man band and had recorded all the instrumentation for his own records but really needed a band to play the tunes live. A few phone calls later and the deal was done, the band were back together to play David's new tunes live and also play some old Sway songs. We hope to be back for good, on a casual basis, recording and playing the odd gig, unless some music bigwig takes a punt on us and the dream is finally fulfilled!

Have you been writing new songs?
We will commence writing new songs as a full band shortly. Our sound today is very much the same, but then, we did always feel our sound was ahead of its time. We hope to experiment more with keyboards, now we have Matt in the band.

What is your view on the state of the music industry today?
I can only say that if the internet had been around in the early 90's, The Sway would quite possibly be the biggest band on the planet right now!