BEVERLY HILLS (Hypebot) – Sources now confirm that MySpace Music will include music from indie labels and artists that currently offer product via its apparent download provider Amazon MP3. No official announcement of the partnership has been made.
Earlier this week, Hypebot reported that there was no evidence of deals between indie labels or distributors and MySpace's new music service scheduled to launch later this month. But MySpace Music's choice of an outside download provider makes new deals unnecessary and existing contracts between Amazon, labels and distributors that have resulted in a catalog 6.1 million DRM-free tracks deep will be used.
There may be some holes in the catalog when MySpace Music launches. Unconfirmed reports point to some technical integration issues and some digital distributors like IODA require that artists and labels opt in to new download opportunities. Others like The Orchard and CD Baby automatically offer all content unless opt out is requested. It is unclear if MySpace will be treated as a separate download store from Amazon or as an extension of it.