The IFPI have re-launched the ‘Pro-Music’ website, containing information and resources about legitimate digital music services on a global scale.
The IFPI and a range of partners including major and independent music companies and the MU originally launched the site in 2003. It has a wealth of information about over 500 legal music sites, arranging them by type and territory.
IFPI CEO Frances Moore said: “Pro-Music is a great illustration of the enormous range of choice that is now available to music fans – from downloads to streaming, from subscription services to music video, and all across myriad devices”.
Moore continued: “The Pro-Music site aims to be an easy-to-use first port of call for anyone wanting to find licensed music sites and learn more about digital music. When Pro-Music first launched in 2003, digital was a small part of our sector and limited to a small handful of countries – today it is the beating heart of our business across the world.”
The site also features an Information portal containing guidance about copyright law, information about safely downloading music and reports about the music industry.
There is also a ‘Staying legal online’ section, following criticism over the years that illegal services are easier to access than their legal counterparts, and highlingting the ongoing argument that the music industry is having with Google, who despite their declarations of “We’re just like you, we hate piracy, we dream the same dream we want the same thing”, could arguably be doing more to prioritise legitimate download services in searches.
To check out the new Pro Music site, go here.