19 Nov New Free Music Service Surfaces
Social music service Whyd taps into publicly available music from around the Web
Whyd, a social music startup that launches today, enables users to pull music from around the Web. Music from the likes of YouTube, SoundCloud, and Vimeo, can be aggregated into publicly available playlists for unlimited — and free — listening.
There are also some inherent problems with Whyd’s business model. While the purpose of the site is to surface lesser-known, even archaic music, it can cut artists out of the picture if users are listening to tracks hosted on SoundCloud or Vimeo, for example. These sites, unlike YouTube, don’t offer advertising revenue or a cut from online stream, and the music industry might not take kindly to this new strategy even if it is aggregated from publicly available sources. Whyd, on the other hand, sees it differently. “We also must remember that artists have provided some of their music for free online, that when people listen to it, it should be shared with others, in a way helping build awareness and finding new fans,” says Hymes.