The looming battle between major digital-music distribution rivals is leaving gaps for niche providers such as the UK's Trackitdown.
Trackitdown will launch a specialist, platform-agnostic dance music service later this month. The company aims to plug gaps left by the major music services, such as iTunes, Connect, Napster, and OD2. It does this by providing tracks from 150 dance-music labels that have so far slipped under the majors' radar. Tracks will cost £1.50 each.
These include: London's highly influential Stay Up Forever collective; Fat Boy Slim's Southern Fried label; Robbie Rivera's Juicy; Miss Moneypenny's; Trouble on Vinyl; End Recordings; Vicious Circle; Nano; and Ben Sims' and Darren Tate's Mondo. Tracks from these labels will be made available in the platform-agnostic MP3 format.
The service will also offer exclusive tracks not available elsewhere. Hard-dance producer Nick Sentience will deliver exclusives, and other producers are also signing up to offer this support.
Dance music fans will also be able to acquire (for £6) exclusive mixes from the UK's top dance DJs, including Chris Liberator, Tayo, Paul Glazby, Functional Breaks, Darren Tate and Trouble on Vinyl.
Trackitdown will offer a host of editorial resources, including exclusive interviews, news and opinions. Specific areas include techno; breaks, hard dance, new talent and house. A community message board will also be made available.