Pro-Music Re-Launched After Nine Years

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By Maricel Estavillo for Intellectual Property Watch

Pro-Music, the international alliance of various stakeholders in the music industry promoting the use of legal services on the internet, has moved to give its website a facelift, nine years after it was launched back in 2003.

The redesign of the Pro-Music website comes amid a surge in the digital music adoption among global consumers, with the alliance – composed of musicians, performers, managers, artists, major and independent record companies and retailers – wanting to cash in on this development.

Digital music is estimated to account for one-third of recorded music revenues globally, valued at $5.2 billion in 2011, Pro-Music said in a press release.

The relaunched website is now being marketed as a “simple guide to the 500 legal music services that offer 26 million tracks to consumers in over 100 countries worldwide.” It boasts of a comprehensive directory of links to licensed music services and lists music offerings by type of services – download, subscription and ad-supported – and by country.

“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,” International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) CEO France Moore said in the release. IFPI is one of the partners of Pro-Music.

When it was launched in 2003, almost at the same time when the commercially successful Apple’s iTunes was introduced, Pro-Music listed only 20 music services in Europe.

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